Kane, a professor of English at Northwestern State, used much of the light verse she has written over the past five years in a new book, “Paper Bullets,” which was published by White Violet Press.
“Paper Bullets” is Kane’s fifth book of poetry. She has written “Jazz Funeral,” “Rhythm and Booze,” “Body and Soul” and “The Bartender Poems.”
“It’s a book of humorous light verse, but all humor has an edge to it,” said Kane who completed a two-year term as Louisiana poet laureate in July. “I had done several essays on women writers or light verse. I started writing the poems about five years ago as I was finishing ‘Jazz Funeral,’ which was quite somber. I wanted to make myself laugh and started writing little, humorous poems based on something funny that happened or an ironic event.”
Kane said some of the poems came out of contest challenges she entered during the summer. Kane won a challenge from the London Spectator to take an Elvis Presley song and write it in the style of a well-known poet. Kane wrote “Heartbreak Hotel” in the style of Edna St. Vincent Millay. She also had a limerick published on the Los Angeles Times opinion page.
“I didn’t these poems would be published or even be taken seriously,” she said. “I love the work of Dorothy Parker and the poetry is in the same vain as her poetry. But the danger of light verse is that what is funny to you may not be funny to others.”
The title comes from Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”
“It had a line about paper bullets that jumped out at me and was perfect for the title of this book,” said Kane.
Kane participated in the annual Louisiana Book Festival Nov. 1 in Baton Rouge. She signed copies of “Paper Bullets,” and introduce author Kent Wascom and her successor as Louisiana poet laureate Ava Haymon.
The Brainy Acts Poets Society, a group of Northwestern State students with an interest in writing and presenting poetry, will participate in the Book Festival for the second time.
The Brainy Acts Poetry Society (BAPS) was established in 2010 by alumni Brandi White and Clemonce Heard along with other Northwestern State students.
BAPS put on its first event in 2010, Race of the Races, where several slam poetry type pieces were performed. BAPS began to coordinate a different performance a month with topics based on the emotions and vote of each poet. The group won an educational programming award its first year on at NSU.
The Brainy Acts Poetry Society has performed at Grambling State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Southern University and other universities in Louisiana.