Proposal for an anthology of AnOther Ogden Nash

My contention, first expressed in an extended review, is that Nash is a far more innovative and thus more distinguished modern American poet than is commonly understood. The best way to illustrate this would be an anthology whose selection confirms the reinterpretations--a book comparable to Kostelanetz’s The Yale Gertrude Stein (Yale University, 1980) and AnOther Cummings (Norton,1995). The Nash we have in mind would open with his best couplets, such as “The Fly,” “The Eel,” and “The flules,” and continue with triplets and quatrains. The book would then include poems with fairly conventional poetic lines and rhymes, such as “Pappy Wants a Poppy,” “The Private Dining Room,” and “So That’s Who I Remind Me Of,” along with those with more audacious extended lines and strikingly forced rhymes, such as “My Trip Doaboa” and “How Do You Say Ha-Ha in French?” I want to reprint skinny poems, such as “The Screen with the Face with the Voice,” and essentially prose poems, such as “I Want a Drink of Water, but not from the Thermos” and “Will You Have Your Tedium Rare or Medium?” realized. Among the other Nash poems interesting me are “Calling SPring VIIMMMC,” “I Do, I Will, I Have,” “A Brief Guide to Rhyrning,” “What, No Sheep?” I Remember Yule,” “Correction: Eye Delved and Adam Span,” “The Strange Case of the Cautious Motorist,” “It Must Be the Milk,” “Kindly Unhitch That Star, Buddy,” “Caesar Knifed Again,” and “Curt Up and Diet.” I expect to include a generous selection of Nash’s skeletal stories, beginning with “The Strange Case of Mr. Donnybrook’s Boredom” and “The Strange Case of the Ambitious Caddy.” Publishers wishing to consider the preliminary selection, with the preliminary introduction, are invited to contact the author. Thank you.