Tuesday, March 25, 2008

It pays to increase your word power

Join the Freemasonry of Poetry

A New Zealand Branch of the Poetry Society (Inc) has been formed, and membership is invited from all interested. This is a link-up with an organisation extending throughout most English-speaking countries, with headquarters in London... Remember "Where there is no vision the people perish!" Help this branch to become a worthy tool in the structure of Peace and Goodwill by lending your active support.
An advertisement in The Arts in New Zealand Dec 1944 - Jan 1945, p2.
It was, I think, Fatboy Slim who once said (somewhat ungrammatically and repeatedly, over a background of big beats) "the illuminati, a secret society, do exist" but clearly Mr Norman Cook (whose real name is Quentin, incidentally - nobody under 60 is really called Norman) was unaware of the power and extent of the Poetry Society (Inc). Added to which, they write good copy; unlike the authors of this advertisement, which came to me via Google:
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1 comment:

George said...

In possibly a beautiful story of hope (or, the reactionaries might caution, a sign of the decline of literacy), a second language Afghan refugee is now the third ranked speller among our children.