Sunday, 15 February 2009

Hamlet


BBRNT2B? 2BORNOT 2BEE?
BBRNO2B? BBORNOT BEBE?
2BRNT2B? 2BRNTOB?
2BORWAT? CNTDCYD.
NDCISV. SLINGS. ARROWZ.
SEA OF TROUBLZ.
TODIE. PRCHNCE 2DREEEM.
YACKITY YACKYAK.
ITHINK 2MUCH. SHOULDI
MAYYBEE JSTDOIT?

--Daniel Nussbaum, from PL8SPK (HarperCollins, 1994)

Isn't this a great poem? Each of the poems in PL8SPK were written entirely from words and phrases contained on registered vanity plates in California. When I first read this poem years ago, it seemed extraordinarily weird (if fascinating). It took me some major deciphering to read it. But now in a culture of texting and even (dare I say it?) lolspeak, it looks pretty normal and hardly unusual. It's easy to read now, too! And it's still funny!

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