Here’s a warm-up kind of assignment for the new year. Recently on NPR, Daniel Pinkwater was interviewed about a book that is part of The New York Review Children’s Collection: Ounce Dice Trice by Alastair Reid (drawings by Ben Shahn). The book is a brief collection of odd words, giddy in its delight in usage and euphony.
One of the sections, from which the book takes its title, is about counting to ten. It gives a couple of alternatives to the boring old everyday “one two three”:
You get the idea.
This led my brain back to Mason Williams’ poem, “How to count to from 1 to 10 in Spanish in English”:
Said as they
New wave way
Which in turn led me back to “The Aeronaut to His Lady,” a sonnet by Frank Sidgwick which consists of one word per line:
So here’s the Assignment: write something inspired by these. Create your own list of counting words. Write your own bilingual counting poem. Write a sonnet with a bare minimum of words. Or a combination of any or all of the above.
Make them separate posts, and remember to tag yours with the L.10.1 tag.
So is no one interested in this at all? I have two submissions, but I consider it bad form to be the firstâ€”and possibly onlyâ€”to offer a submission for one’s own Assignment.
I hope to contribute. Actually, I always hope to contribute, even when I don’t like the assignment. I like this one AND I hope to contribute. Soon. ish.
My contribution was excised.
Or exists elsewhere. Out of the main loop. Merely as a supplement.