Here's more from Sick #45 from June 1966.
Here's what the contents page had to say about “More Poems of the Great Society” (what then-president Lyndon Johnson called the era), illustrated by Arnoldo Franchioni:
“Soul-stirring poems of today, written in blank verse—it happens to rhyme, but reading them you'll say it's the blankest verse you've ever seen. These poems are certain to inspire you to greater heights—you'll want to go up to the roof and jump off!
Girls On the Beach
(1)Nelson Rockefeller, (2)Richard Burton and (3)Elizabeth Taylor, (4)Sean Connery, (5)Charles DeGaulle, (6)Nikita Krushchev, (7)Santa Claus, (8)Lassie, (9)Robert Kennedy, (10)?, (11)Soupy Sales, (12)The Beatles, (13)Jackie Gleason, (14)Barry Goldwater, (15)Dean Martin, (16)Mia Farrow or Nancy Sinatra?, (17)Frank Sinatra, (18)racist caricature, (19)Ed Sullivan, (20)Jackie Mason, (21)Yogi Berra?, (22)Napoleon Bonaparte, (23)Dick Clark? Likenesses weren't Franchioni's strong suit. Maybe (24) was someone named “Jack” that was competition for the Beatles?, (25)Fidel Castro, (26)Hubert Humphrey, (27)Cassius Clay.
I wasn't born until three years later so feel free to correct me or fill holes.
Of the 25 that are real and that I can identify, 8 are still alive.
Whisky is the only reason I am here… - Photo courtesy of Amanda Earnest. Found at Monkey Temple in Thailand.
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