26 November 2008


One of my favourite literary awards.

  • Samples
  • Caught my eye:

    "After agonizing for, oh, about two-fifths of a second, I straddled him on the bed, pinning his arms beside him with all my body weight.

    'Remember what you said about chastity being curable if caught early enough?' "


    "'Perhaps you'd like to take off your shorts.'

    'Do I have to?'

    'I think you do.' "

    wasn't bad.

  • The Long List

    Sibadd said...

    An antidote to bad writing - this so embarrassed and thrilled me when I found it underlined in my mum's much leafed copy of Donne when I was 15:

    Off with those shoes: and then safely tread
    In this love’s hallowed temple, this soft bed . . .
    By this these angels from an evil sprite
    They set our hairs, but these our flesh upright.
    Licence my roving hands, and let them go
    Behind, before, above, between, below.
    O, my America, my new found land,
    My kingdom, safeliest when with one man manned . . .
    To enter in these bonds is to be free,
    Then where my hand is set my soul shall be.
    Full nakedness, all joys are due to thee.

    Busker said...

    very nice. and i thought i knew my donne, having studied him school and elsewhere. i wonder where my mind was when i came to this page?

    Sibadd said...

    Thinking of 'time's winged chariot hurrying near'?

    Busker said...

    But of course, brooding on that drat coy mistress.