Friday, 18 December 2009
Did Keats love Fanny Brawne for her brains?
If not, what?
Posted on 12/18/2009 4:04 PM by Mary Jackson
19 Dec 2009
Tee Hee He
Shelley's embarrassingly bad Minute Poetry sux a little less if "Keats" is substituted for the second "he."
19 Dec 2009
Of Brains & Brawne
Or: "Artsy-Fartsy" Fanny
Or: Fanning The Flames
Or: The Delicate 'Cheeks' Which The Fanners Did Cool"
Or: When I Have Fears That I And My Mycobacteria
May* Cease To Be
To Another Young Poet Who Kicked Sand In His Face
T.B. or not T.B., he's looking wan
Does not have Byron's madcap brave elan
(Who's looking buff in the buff with Mary Duff)
You bet your fanny he is lacking brawn
- Shelley, Sh*tfaced And Hectic Red With Embarrassment
(Btw., "to gaslight" is derived from the movie, Gaslight)
Would you believe that as a result of gas lit during one of my performances in Glasgow, I suffered a small seizure - or, as my fanny fans (who had fanned out the flames) put it, a "Le petit mal Petomane"? Afterwards I renounced Christian Science and was admitted to the Robert Burns** Ward.
(Of course, after the incident, Pujol's handlers, tasked with "putting out the fires," worked with the press to "bury seizure, not to praise him" and what his fanny did undid.)
* Or should that be "might"?
** Hot Hat Tip to ??
18 Dec 2009
The English film Fanny by Gaslight (1944) was banned in the US till the late forties. The title had alerted the censors that it was unwholesome; it was changed to Man of Evil.