Sunday, September 9, 2012

NADSAT Natterings

by G. Jack Urso 

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

                spoogy vellochetted chellovecks

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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