Contents of these pages ©2000, by Joel D. Ash
While it is too late to suggest its use as a Christmas present, it's not too late to make a strong recommendation to all classmates on behalf of Joel Ash's
recently published book of limerick poetry, entitled "Potpourri of the Mind".
It has both humorous and serious verse and is marvelous way to start the new year.
From the editor of the Class
of 1956 Newsletter:
book, "Potpourri of the Mind", is a delight - - the whimsey and humor in Joel's limericks come through often enough to keep you reading on.
"To See Or Not To See" (page 100), six stanzas about the frustration of having to get (and find) eyeglasses, was so true to life that I had to laugh.
Joel's poems are often timely - - he
has one about Hale Bopp and the Heaven's Gate sadness.
admits to having a dark side in his
mind, most of his
poems are light-hearted and readable.
While you and I were groveling with some prurient, unsavory rhymes, Joel Ash
was moved by a more lofty vision.
The book consists of numerous multi-verse poems.
Not all are serious, one selection relates how the devil's wife romances him into getting an icebox so their son can have ice cream on his
A graduate of Dartmouth, Ash brings Dartmouth and New England themes into a number of his limericks.
Most are reflective - - embracing what it means to be human.
You will want to bring this book out again and again to share with your family and friends.
And, you will say, "I wish I had written this book.
I cannot say enough good things about POTPOURRI.
knows all about meter and rhyme - - and he
has chosen to use that knowledge for good.