There’s Nothing Like Vaudeville by Kenneth Womack

There’s Nothing Like Vaudeville by Kenneth Womack

Today enjoy this poem by the author Kenneth Womack: There’s Nothing Like Vaudeville and have a wonderful Wednesday, Yareah Magazine friends!

There’s Nothing Like Vaudeville by Kenneth Womack

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There’s Nothing Like Vaudeville by Kenneth Womack

There are no ghosts here,

nothing to see at all.

Please remain seated and wait securely

inside the tram until we have come to a

complete and irrevocable stop.

And yes, that means you too, ma’am.


There are no temptations here,

at least not any serious ones. And

certainly nothing we can’t handle ourselves,

nothing we can’t render as

meaningless as a day without rain,

or, you know, whatever.


There is nothing like metaphor, which is

sometimes like nothing at all. Sure, it’s nice,

now and again, to miss the forest for the trees,

to mistake the dancer for the dance, to ransack

our emotions with a rage for saying nothing whatsoever to

anyone anytime anyplace anywhere.


Nada. Niente. Nulă. Rien.


And those are just the romance languages.


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Kenneth Womack is the author of two novels, John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel (2010), which earnedForeWord Reviews’ Bronze Award for Literary Fiction, and The Restaurant at the End of the World (2012), which won the Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards for Regional Fiction. He is also the author or editor of numerous works of nonfiction, including Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles (2007) and The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles (2009). Ken is Professor of English & Integrative Arts at Penn State University’s Altoona College, where he also serves as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

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