publication # 17
Boys, A-Z (A Primer)
by Dan Waber
total run: open
The abecedarius is a poem with 26 words. The first word starts with
"a", the second with "b", the third with "c", and so on.
A cycle of abecedarius re-envisions the alphabet as a loop, instead of
a line. The first poem goes from a-z, the second from b-a (through z),
the third from c-b (through z then a), and so on.
The book is a cycle of abecedarius poems which aims to instruct young
girls about the various types of boys to be avoided (in short, all of
Includes illustrations by the author.
The first four poems:
Adam builds computers,
digital engineerings finagle gates,
his insistent keystrokes lay most networks open,
plunder quarantined remote systems.
This uninhibited vandal will X10 your zippers.
Billy can dance,
every Friday goes hip-hopping,
it's just kicks, limbo, mambo,
no orchestra plays quick rhythm steps,
the upstairs vanishes when XM-enabled yahoos zootsuit around.
Charlie doesn't eat fish,
grains, hamburger, instant juice,
kiwi, lemons, mangoes, nectarines or pork.
Queer religious sects take unhealthy vows.
Why X-rate your zaftigness? Appetites belong.
David's experimental fashions grow hilarious.
Imagine Jello knickers. Lavender maribou nightshirts.
Off-center pinstriped quilted red shoulderpads.
Tight underwear. Various weird x-shaped yarmulkes.
Zany aluminum boots. Cowbells.
Perfect-bound softcover books are US$8 if you want to stop by the
press and pick one up in person, or US$10 including shipping to
anywhere with postal service.
Signed and numbered hardcover copies are also available for US$25.
Institutional and teaching discounts available, please inquire.
To express your interest in owning a copy of this book, please send an
email to your favorite word (whatever that may be) at logolalia.com
requesting method of payment details.
To read a review of this book by Eileen Tabios, please see Galatea Resurrects.