Thursday, August 06, 2009

things the rally monkey says

YT: I have to tell you something.

Rally Monkey: Uh oh, what?

YT: I can't type up your poetry anymore.

RM: Why not?

YT: Sylvia Plath typed up all Ted Hughes's poetry, and it stunted her creativity, bled her dry, and killed her.

RM: Well, that's not going to happen to you.

YT: How can you tell?!

RM: Honey, Sylvia Plath put her head in the oven. You don't even know where our oven is.

28 comments:

pacatrue said...

Ted Hughes' poetry must be really, really bad. I think a few poets have had lousy jobs and yet didn't kill themselves.

But why doesn't RM type his own poetry? Is he doing The Faerie Queen II or something? And how does he write poetry but have no ability to follow a Shakespeare allusion?

I'm beginning to find this story suspect.

Word verification: chese

Precie said...

1) He writes poetry? Do tell.
2) Ditto paca. Why doesn't he type it himself?
3) Ditto paca 2 on the Shakespeare...but maybe he's only into contemporary poetry?
4) STILL...he knows Plath put her head in an oven but hadn't read Romeo & Juliet?
5) Have you and he read Dorothy Parker's poem "Resumé"? I'm just sayin' he should consider there are other options.

Pamala Knight said...

LOL! Does the RM have a leather scabbard for that rapier wit? Thanks for the mid-afternoon giggle.

PurpleClover said...

I love the RM's reasoning skills. Those monkey's are quick!

KAatieK said...

I read your blog whenever you post. I felt compelled to say something in response to the Sylvia Plath joke, which is in bad taste.

Sylvia Plath had untreated Bipolar Disorder (Type II) at the time of her death. This made it difficult for her to sustain healthy relationships or work as she wished. Bipolar Disorder has a suicide rate of 25%, as compared to 1% of the general population. Bipolar is most common among writers.

I am not expecting you to keep this comment. I just wanted to gently point out these things to you. Having a neurological condition over which you hvae no control is bad enough without being made fun of.

~Aimee States said...

HAHAHA! I love it.

I mean terrible. Just terrible.

~Aimee States said...

In defense, no one mentioned her mental illness in particular. Yes it is sad, but it is also treatable. Many opt not to accept that treatment. I would never make light of mental illness, but you can't tip toe around every possible wreck in this world or you'd wind up standing still.

pacatrue said...

You've got to be able to make a Sylvia Plath joke 46 years after her death. However, I do welcome KAatieK's info.

CKHB said...

Has Rally Monkey been practicing his oven-based snark with my husband? Grumble...

Rebecca Knight said...

Tell the truth--are you one of those people that uses their oven to store shoes? ;)

JES said...

What paca said (both comments).

In Moonie's (or the RM's) defense, though, it's only fair to point out that the laugh in this conversation doesn't come at Plath's expense: it's not a joke about her, it's a joke about Moonie.

Haste yee back ;-) said...

I find Rally man of sound mind... He can fish on my boat anytime!

Haste yee back ;-)

Kristan said...

LOL! That is SO a conversation that Andy and I could have. Well, minus the "Honey." We're not so good with the terms of endearment.

Susan at Stony River said...

LMAO!
That man is a treasure.

Amy said...

I'm a huge Plath fan, and I laughed at the joke. But then my best friend in college once went to a costume party with a toy oven on her head. Talk about bad taste.

That said, your comment reminded me of the time my spouse asked me how I was sure he wasn't gay, and I told him he wasn't sensitive enough.

Kiersten said...

Please, please get married and have little RallyRats and MoonMonkeys.

The First Carol said...

Amy: you MARRIED a guy who asked you how you were sure he wasn't gay? Okay, I'm trying to wrap my head around that.

Moonrat: what's an oven?

Sarah Laurenson said...

Moonie Don't Cook

Is this a bestseller or what?

And I read a (very funny) joke about Moonie and not even a bad remark about Plath.

Jolie said...

So much for THAT! Well, it was worth a shot.

What happened to novel as bargaining chip?

Cass said...

Early on in our marriage my husband hid my christmas present in the oven...he knew there was no chance of me finding it before Christmas :-}

Charles Gramlich said...

Must be true love.

lale said...

Brilliant! :)

Amy said...

The Other Carol, hubby and I were having a joking discussion about gaydar. He wasn't serious.

Ulysses said...

Ha!
I paraphrase Samuel Butler: "Thank god they married each other and thus made only two people crazy instead of four."

ggwritespoetry said...

Very funny... what are you using the oven for? Are you like Carrie Bradshaw, storing sweaters there?

danceluvr said...

I got that RM = rally monkey. What does YT stand for?

moonrat said...

"Yours Truly"

Crystal Posey said...

ROFL!!!!!

Love. It.