LibriVox volunteers bring you 19 recordings of The Publisher by C.J. Dennis (1876-1938). This was the weekly poetry project for June 28th, 2009.
http://www.archive.org/download/publisher_0907_librivox/thepublisher_dennis_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 40s (mp3@64kb)
I’d like to be a publisher, And publish massive tomes
Written in a massive style by blokes with massive domes–
Science books, and histories of Egypt’s day and Rome’s,
Books of psycho-surgery to mine the minds of momes,
And solemn pseudo-psychic stuff to tell where Topsy roams
When her poor clay is put away beneath the spreading holms;
Books about electrocuting little seeds with ohms
To sternly show them how to grow in sands, and clays, and loams,
And bravely burst infinitives, like angry agro-nomes;
Books on breeding aero-planes and airing aero-dromes,
On bees that buzz in bonnets and the kind that build the combs,
Made plain with pretty pictures done in crimsons, mauves, and chromes;
And diagrams to baulk the brain of Mr. Sherlock Holmes.
I’d set the scientists to work like superheated gnomes,
And make them write and write and write until the printer foams
And lino men, made “loony”, go to psycho-pathic homes.
I’d publish books, I would–large books on ants and anti-nomes
And pa-limp-sests and pali-nodes and pallid pallin-dromes:
But I wouldn’t be a publisher if . . . .
I got many “pomes.”
This week’s poem can also be found here.