Thursday, February 22, 2018
Barbara Hamby on "plain-speak versions"
I ran across these lines today from Barbara Hamby’s poem “Ode to American English” in Garrison Keillor, Ed., Good Poems for Hard Times (132-133):
the battle cry of the Bible Belt, but no one uses
the King James anymore, only the plain-speak versions,
in which Jesus, raising Lazarus from the dead, says,
“Dude, wake up,” and the L-man bolts up like a B-movie
mummy. “Whoa, I was toasted.” Yes, ma’am,