In 1987, Baxter Black recited “The Vegetarian’s Nightmare” on the Johnny Carson Show. It’s a masterpiece of poetry and storytelling combined! Slapping words together and centering them down the center of a column is not poetry (just sayin’). True, traditional poetry has rhyme, rhythm, and reason, and takes a true artist to master its intricacies. Whether or not you are into country music or lifestyle, there is no denying his success; New York Times proclaimed him America’s most successful living poet. Take a few minutes to experience a true poet at his craft by clicking on the image below.
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Having lived on both sides of the Puddle (that’s the Atlantic, for you Americans), I can confirm that English truly is a language that separates the Old World from the New. While the American language seems to be simplifying through the school system and mass media (and don’t even get me started on the spelling!), I doubt that will ever happen in the UK… the language is far too entertaining to let it get boring. Click on the image below for a few gems like “Donkey’s Years”, “it’s monkeys”, “to have a butcher’s”, and “up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire”.