Quirky Books: Don't Bump the Glump by Shel Silverstein

Monday, August 5, 2013

Don't Bump the Glump by Shel Silverstein

A peculiar book, "Don't Bump the Glump and Other Fantasies," is either written for children or contains pornographic fantasies. The publisher is Harper Collins, yet most of the poems were first published in Playboy Magazine.

It is awkward, because the 1992 version is renewed by Harper Collins Children Books. Poems were originally copyrighted in the 1960s. Most implication are inert because of lack of understanding any symbolism; however, knowing the poems and watercolor illustrations were in Playboy makes a person want to decipher suggestible language or decide men really do not read articles.

Most of the poems are inert. Imagination is necessary to determine the meaning of most poems. It is implied pornography. Some of it is overtly clear. The suspicion of nudity makes it inappropriate. There is a watercolor of what might be feminine anatomy with a faint silhouette of masculine genitalia.

Reading the book quickly, toward the end I found myself thinking, "What has nostrils for clay and a yellow eye?" I am positive one of the poems is a joke about venereal disease.

It is an interesting book. It is thought provoking. Shel Silverstein is an internationally known Poet in relation to poems with a political orientation. He was a forerunner in evolving the environmental movement, which eventually became the animal rights movement. Overall, it is literature.

I will not provide a poetry analysis for this book. I am sure over half the book humorously references tight antonymous features or dairy air. Instead, "Point of View" offers a sense of his popular poetry.

Despite features like funny imaginary creatures, colorful illustrations and four-line poems, do not buy this for a child. I recommend this book to adults with an off-beat sense of humor. The poems are like puzzles. There is an overall premise. It might be fun flipping through the page to decide what particular images represent. Though barely derisive, on the surface, it is a fun book to read.

Poetry Breakdown
Don't Bump the Glump