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Lawn Chaney
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 2:21 pm    Post subject: Searching for axolotls Reply with quote

The search function returned *zero* hits on "axolotl" so here I am asking for help. I seek two 'axolotl' poems from back in the 60s. One is a parody of Wordsworth's "Daffodils" and begins, "I wandered happy as a clod [sic]". The other begins or contains the lines, roughly remembered, "Among the empty cans and bottles, live the happy axolotls."
If anyone can drag up the text to these two poems I'd be semi-eternally grateful.

Thanks - Chuck
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Smurdley Yeldrums
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2004 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The search function returned *zero* hits on "axolotl" so here I am asking for help. I seek two 'axolotl' poems from back in the 60s. One is a parody of Wordsworth's "Daffodils" and begins, "I wandered happy as a clod [sic]". The other begins or contains the lines, roughly remembered, "Among the empty cans and bottles, live the happy axolotls."


Can't help you with the 2nd (doesn't ring a bell, sorry). But
the first was from "The MAD Treasury of Unknown Poetry"
in MAD #43, December 1958. (According to Totally MAD, the
author of both this and the second volume, which appeared
in MAD #51, December 1959, was Tom Koch.)

I Wandered Lonely As a Clod

by William Wordswords

I wandered lonely as a clod,
Just picking up old rags and bottles,
When onward on my way I plod,
I saw a host of axolotls;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
A sight to make a man's blood freeze.

Some had handles, some were plain;
They came in blue, red pink, and green.
A few were orange in the main;
The damndest sight I've ever seen.
The females gave a sprightly glance;
The male ones all wore knee-length pants.

Now oft, when on the couch I lie,
The doctor asks me what I see.
They flash upon my inward eye
And make me laugh in fiendish glee.
I find my solace then in bottles,
And I forget them axolotls.

---

(Joe Orlando's miniature of dancing axolotls that
accompanies the poem is unforgettable.)

SY
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Lawn Chaney
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2004 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Smurdley. It isn't often that poetry gets to me, but "I Wandered Lonely as a Clod" remains an eye-waterer supreme.

Perhaps my totured memory has "created" the other poem I'm looking for, but I remain hopeful......

-- Lawn
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Smurdley Yeldrums
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2004 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Lawn Chaney"]Thank you Smurdley. It isn't often that poetry gets to me, but "I Wandered Lonely as a Clod" remains an eye-waterer supreme.

Perhaps my totured memory has "created" the other poem I'm looking for, but I remain hopeful......

-- Lawn[/quote]

Just because it didn't register with me doesn't mean it isn't out there
somewhere. My keen memory of MAD articles past is more or less limited to the 50's (largely through the classic paperbacks) and much of the 60's. (MAD was never the same since Wally Wood left.)

SY
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Smurdley Yeldrums
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2004 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why can't I get those nicely boxed quotes into my posted replies???
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moonDAbarge
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2004 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smurdley Yeldrums wrote:
Why can't I get those nicely boxed quotes into my posted replies???


just click the quote button in the upper right hand corner of the post you want to quote, then put your cursor(i think thats what its called, its the blinking line that shows where you're going to type) at the end and hit enter once or twice and type what you want to say. to make sure it worked, hit preview before submitting.
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Smurdley Yeldrums
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2004 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

moonDAbarge wrote:


just click the quote button in the upper right hand corner of the post you want to quote, then put your cursor(i think thats what its called, its the blinking line that shows where you're going to type) at the end and hit enter once or twice and type what you want to say. to make sure it worked, hit preview before submitting.


But .... but ... that's exactly what I did!?

Ah - just figured it out. I had to uncheck "Disable BBCode in this post".

That's better.

SY
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2004 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's something about the word axolotl apperaing in MAD on the MAD cover site(I would have copy and pasted the link here but no matter where I go on that site the url is always: http://www.collectmad.com/madcoversite/ )

(to find it just click on quiz)

The question:

Can you help settle this urgent research question?
Did or did not the word "axolotl" appear
from time to time in inexplicable places in Mad??
Thank you from an actual axolotl researcher.
Susan

The answer given:

According to Indiana University's wonderful site at http://www.indiana.edu/~axolotl/,
an axolotl is a large salamander native to
Lake Xochimilco, Mexico.
I'm not quite sure why Mad found it necessary to use the word repeatedly in the early 60's, but that's part of the mystery that will always be Mad.
Below are four examples from four different issues.
Remember, MAD MAGAZINE and all related axolotls are the property of E.C. Publications, Inc. TM and 2002.
All axolotls reserved.

(then it shows panels containing the word:
issue #74/ Oct. 1962/ page 34
issue #90/ Oct. 1964/ page 36
issue # 62/ April 1961/ page 13
issue #73/ Sept. 1962/ page 34)

They somehow fail to mention the poems.
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