Updated for our times.

This Is Just To Say

I have watched

the Spy Kids

that were in

the video game

and which

you were probably


for later in quarantine

Forgive me

they were delightful

so bad

and so 2003

Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in sharks,

Some say in lava.

From what I’ve seen of Planet Drool,

I hold with those who favor electricity.

But if I had to watch twice,

I think I know enough of dreams

To say that for destruction selfishness

Is also great

And would suffice.

This Be The Verse

They pick you up, your mom and dad.

They may not have to, but they do.

They fill you with the faults they had,

And add some extra, just for you.

But they were picked up in their turn

By Hugh Laurie and Geena Davis

Who half the time were trying to learn

About parenting one more child, plus.

Man hands on misery to mouse.

It puts you on a shelf.

Get out as early as you can,

And don’t adopt any mice yourself.


Shoutout to my friends Leah and Huw for challenging me to write this week’s newsletter about our Thursday night watch of Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, which in turn inspired my own watches of two other children’s movies above (The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, also directed by Robert Rodriguez, and Stuart Little, which has no relation to the others). None stood up to the test of time or the test of rewatching, but they were conversation-starting, gasp-inducing and tear-jerking. Thus, my recommendation for this week is simple: pick some friends, choose a bad children’s movie you’ve all already seen as children and put it on Netflix Party or Zoom screen-sharing. It’s fun, simple and stupid — just what you might need right now. This technique will also work with Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, Big Fat Liar, Bee Movie and Monster House.

This post was also inspired by the fact that April is National Poetry Month. You can support poets and the life-affirming work they do by supporting Poetry Magazine or by doing any of the 30 things that the Academy of American Poets recommends.

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay consuming content, friends.