“The clerihew could easily be used for satire, and even satire of great bitterness, but as far as I know it never has been.” – Gavin Ewart
Some shadow version of James Holmes
which, according to Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, is how it should be.*
* “‘The fact of the matter is, there are magazines, 30-round magazines, that are just common all over the place, and you simply can’t keep these weapons out of the hands of sick, demented individuals that want to do harm,’ Mr. Johnson said on ‘Fox News Sunday.’ ‘And when you try and do it, you restrict our freedoms.’” – New York Times, July 23, 2012
Cody Walker is the author of Shuffle and Breakdown (Waywiser Press, 2008). His work appears in Parnassus, Slate, The Yale Review, Salon, and The Best American Poetry; it’s also featured on the Cartoon Bureau Blog of The New Yorker. He teaches English at the University of Michigan and blogs regularly for The Kenyon Review.