Sara Says: A Poetic Happy Birthday to Philip Roth

A Birthday Poem for a Favorite Writer

Whose books these are I think I know.
He says he's quitting writing though.
Goodbye, Columbus, Portnoy, Swede.
He’s leaving Houghton Mifflin low.

The guy who gave us much to read
From writing pressure must be freed.
But Letting Go at eighty now,
May be our loss, but it's his need.

So, Philip Roth, please take a bow
For eight great decades,  Oh, and how!
Sex, Pastorals and Lindbergh, too
Of course your Newark should be proud.

So here's our wish. It's nothing new.
It's sappy and it's also true
More great life and lit for you
More great life and lit for you.

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Comments (3)

I Married a Communist was great. Happy Birthday Mr. Roth

Posted by: Alice Peters | Tuesday March 19, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Love both Roth and Frost. Appreciated the mash-up.

Posted by: Selene Grace Silver | Wednesday March 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Phillip Roth rocks! Nice poem :)

Posted by: Tom Bruce | Thursday March 21, 2013 at 5:48 AM

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