Monday, January 12, 2009

Penguin Publishes Bill Ayers Poetry

NEW YORK CITY, NY - Penguin Publishers announced the upcoming release of This Land is Urine: The Poetry of Bill Ayers. The former radical Weatherman has penned a collection of original verse that captures the heady spirit of past revolution, while promoting a modern, nuanced patriotism. "We're excited to issue another of Bill's books," said Penguin spokesperson Mandy Kupperman. "Though he is a rather exacting author." Ayers' manuscript came in at several thousand pages and he refused all editing. Penguin stood ready to scrub the deal, but publication became financially feasible thanks to a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. Ayers' three-pound book of poems includes such selections as "America is Satan's Colon," "Lazy Days of Rage," and "I Wish I Could Explode Things With My Eyes." Penguin wants the book in stores by Valentine's Day. Says Kupperman, "There are several very touching love poems, especially to Ho Chi Minh and Castro." Ayers' ode to Castro runs one-hundred forty-seven pages and features a pop-up effigy of the famed dictator shooting a dissident in the back of the head.

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