Dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the publication of A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess, December 1962.
An experiment in sound to be read aloud, this poem is composed using the book's fictional Nadsat language.
greetings my little droogies . . .
no doubt bog bellows choodessny chepooka
bolshy, bezoomny golosses
clop . . . clop . . . clop
horrowshow crarks in me gulliver
plenny in the staja of me rassoodock
slooshy this veshch
gooly real quiet-like and kopat
these koshkas sloochating in glorious sneety-land
interessovat the gloopy scoteenas
to firegold a bit of the old moloko-plus down the gorlo
radosty comes to this mesto
but snuffs it like the yahoodies
in the bolshy bitvas of days long gone
what’s it going to be then, eh?
|First edition cover, December 1962.|
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