Sunday, February 7, 2016

Kokomo Outsider Poetry Federation Public Charter

Kokomo, Indiana, is a city famous for its cultural heritage. We are proud of our long list of contributors to the artistic, literary, and cultural heritage of the United States of America, including Steven Spielberg, Johnny Cash, and Colonel Sanders. 

The Kokomo Outsider Poetry Federation 

The band Throbbing Gristle is also from Kokomo

During WWII when all the poets were called away to war, the women of Kokomo banded together and kept the Federation of Outsider Poetry alive by composing limericks and haikus after their shift at the waterbed plant.

Derail a train, sabotage a plane, or sink a ship carrying the Hon. Perrin Beatty, Minister of Revenue.
Deny assisstance to Perrin Beatty if you find him stuck in quicksand, caught in a bear trap, or dying of thirst or starvation.
Have juvenile delinquents beat the Revenue Minister to death in a dark alley.
Hang, guillotine, or draw and quarter Revenue Minister Perrin Beatty.
Wall up Perrin Beatty in your basement.
Hire a ventriloquist to walk behind him in Harlem and speak unkindly of blacks.
Accuse him of adultery, drug smuggling, or blasphemy in Iran.
Pay an Indian to leave him in the woods.
My friends, do not allow laziness or lack of opportunity to prevent you from causing the death of Mr. Perrin Beatty, Minister of Revenue and Customs. Now. more than ever before, society cries out for relief. Do your part today-- this very hour-- so that our children, grandchildren, dogs, and cats live in a saner, healthier, and happier world.

Truer words were never written than by former Kokomo Outsider Federation Poet Laureate Crash Kilodney, who himself never set foot in Kokomo, Indiana, but always had a yeraning to be named poet laureate, which he was just this evening. 

But seriously, folks, the members of the Kokomo Outsider Poetry Federation take their responsibility to the arts community as a solemn public oath. Take this declaration as our public charter and statement of intention. We are proud to be a member of the five sacred cities of Outsider Poetry. 

 To learn more about the great American city of Kokomo, Indiana, and The Outsider Poetry Federation of Kokomo, click here.

Please support your hometown team by showing up for a celebrity bake sale Thursday, March 7th at the Millikin Branch of the Kokomo Library on Elm Street. Various pastries, pies, cookies, and baked goods made by local celebrities like WGON meteorologist Roger Vadaghast will be meeting the public and helping raise awareness for literacy, the spoken word, and our own Kokomo Oralists Slam team.

Update: We'll be in Rockford, Illinois May 11th for the Battle Royale poetry slam. 

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