They could do no wrong that year, no matter
What they set their hands to, it came out right.
Author Lennon proved mad as a hatter,
They conquered the world with “A Hard Day’s Night”
(Movie, album and single) and they toured
Every stadium on the globe until
Their desire to play live was almost cured,
Except they still had contracts to fulfill.
The girls, the screams, the comic repartee
Must have blurred together as they rushed from
Studio to studio—BBC,
EMI, United Artists—pushed from
Limousines into humanity’s arms
With no protection but their natural charms.
After years of writing humor for the New Yorker, the Onion and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among others, Kurt Luchs returned to his first love, poetry, like a wounded animal crawling into its burrow to die. In 2017 Sagging Meniscus Press published his humor collection, It’s Funny Until Someone Loses an Eye (Then It’s Really Funny), which has since become an international non-bestseller. In 2019 his poetry chapbook One of These Things Is Not Like the Other was published by Finishing Line Press, and he won the Atlanta Review International Poetry Contest, proving that dreams can still come true and clerical errors can still happen. His first full-length poetry collection, Falling in the Direction of Up, is out from Sagging Meniscus as of May 2021.