I’m completely, utterly addicted to McSweeney’s Internet Tendencies, the website offshoot of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern. The stuff they publish is just freaking hilarious. And brilliant. You probably already know this. But in case you don’t, you should check this out. This too. Oh, and this one.
I checked in today to see what was new, and lo behold, it’s an excellent essay: “How To Be A Bullfighter” by Sarah Walker. And - it has a POEM in it. Yay! I get to share it with you for Poetry Friday!
I know, I’m stretching here. But isn’t Poetry Friday supposed to be about sharing works that you love? And discovering new voices?
Look, if you aren’t already reading McSweeney’s, I feel bad for you, and I want to help, okay?
Fine. So. Okay then.
Here’s an excerpt from “How To Be A Bullfighter,” including the prayer poem:
Now you have to say a prayer over the pile of sand that was once the bull in order to honor your brave adversary. It should be in acrostic-poem form, of course, and go something like this:
Understand that I
Like bulls but I
Love killing them more than I like them,
although I seriously did like you. Amen.
The bull’s ghost will understand this and respect your honesty and it will not haunt you. If you fail to say the acrostic prayer, the bull will most certainly terrorize you from the afterlife for the rest of your days.
Now please read the rest of the essay. And thank you for indulging me.
*Update: Kelly’s got the Poetry Friday Round-Up at Big A little a. And she approved this post as an actual Poetry Friday entry. All is good.*