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Education Reporter
NUMBER 176 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS SEPTEMBER 2000

Book of the Month
Politickles
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Politickles: Limericks Lampooning the Lunatic Left, F.R. Duplantier, Merril Press, 2000, 104 pps., $14.95

While most of us can recall trying our hand at poetry while we were in school, precious few ever become sufficiently adept at this concise and demanding art form to capture our own personal observations about life, much less to describe the lunacies of the political left.

One individual with enough talent to do so is F.R. Duplantier, director of the nonprofit organization America's Future. Dubbed the "Poet Laureate of the Conservative Movement," Duplantier's "Politickles" have been circulating on the Internet for several years, devoured by the politically savvy and even memorized by schoolchildren. Now, they are captured in a single entertaining volume of the same name.

After years of writing limericks "just for fun," Duplantier began using the art form in 1991 to satirize "the preposterous programs and policies to which public school students across America were being subjected." His prolific pen soon covered a wide range of topics, as Politickles will attest - crime, drugs, the media elite, social vagaries, and of course, leftwing political leaders. Here is a sampling:


Teacher's Guide 
If you want to be part of the team,
You'll have to agree with our theme:
Kids don't really need
To learn how to read
As long as they have self-esteem.


The Politics of Demeaning 
When Bill sells a scheme he's emphatic,
His response to his foes automatic:
Anyone who says, "But - "
Is dismissed as a nut,
A right-wing religious fanatic.


Maternity Case 
Once more, for what it's worth:
Your mother is not the Earth!
And that's because
Your mother was
The woman who gave you birth.


Consensus 
"Don't put anything down in ink,"
The facilitator said with a wink.
"Just divide the dupes
Into manageable groups
And tell them what they think."

Need we say more? For single-copy orders, write America's Future, 7800 Bonhomme, St. Louis, MO 63105. For bulk orders, contact Merril Press at 425/454-7009, P.O. Box 1682, Bellevue, Washington 98009.


 
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