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Writers do like to have a muck about with poetic forms, especially the really restrictive ones like haikus. Normally they’ll be trying to express some delicate emotion, like the happiness of a summer morn which has just been ruined by a swarm of wasps, chasing after your picnic.
But just occasionally they dip a toe into celebrity waters, as Salman Rushdie did this week, offering his Twitter followers this limerick on the topic of Kim Kardashian’s divorce from… a man. Her husband, I expect.
I should probably look him up, right? On the other hand, he’s never going to learn our names, why should we learn his?
Anyway, Salman’s limerick went like this:
The marriage of poor Kim Kardashian
Was krushed like a kar in a krashian.
Her Kris kried, not fair!
Why kan’t I keep my share?
But Kardashian fell klean outa fashian.
Yes, he’s taken liberties with scansion there, and that K gag died quite quickl- sorry, kwite kwickly, but still. Salman Rushdie! Kim Kardashian! Limericks! Today is a MAGICAL DAY.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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