For this reason, I love Nonsense work. Nonsense in the classical sense, not in the modern-dance/hip-hop/Jar-Jar-Binks variety. George MacDonald brilliantly touches my soul to its depths. The poetry of Lewis Carroll, e.e. cummings and Odgen Nash fill me with wonder and I feel like a child again. I cannot help but smile and laugh my way through The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
So, without further ado, here are my top Nonsense favorites (for today!):
1. "r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r" by e.e. cummings (the visual grasshopper poem) (Click here to see it)
2. Scrappy quilts - no rhyme or reason, no color scheme, no predominant shapes. Sheer beauty.
3. "The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't."
"...felt as if your brain smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick."
- Hitchhiker's Guide
4. Happiness in Perpetuity by Paul Bond:
|Is the scene miniaturized on top of pebbles? Are the rocks enormous? I love the childlike |
questions this one provokes as well as the sense of quiet and calm.
Whether big or small, I want to go there.
Are there works of nonsense that are particularly special to you? Any that I should stuff into my mental collection?