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Asimov? Dirty limericks? BRB…Okay, book in hand (gotta love the internet!), let’s go!
There was a young woman named SusanBrilliant.
Who found it completely amusin’
To make love to three men
Although who did what when
Was frequently rather confusin’.
1. Use proper metrical form, with close attention to rhythm and rhyming.
2. Focus on content. In particular, a good limerick should, according to Asimov:
- Tell a complete story
- Be humorous; ideally, in a vulgar way. Says Asimov,
“Clean limericks…lack flavor, like vanilla ice cream or pound cake. They are perfectly edible, but, to my taste, are tame, flat, and unsatisfying.”
- Have clever or unexpected rhymes
- Include, generally (although not required), a proper noun (name or location) at the end of the first line
3.Think about recitation - where to pause, where to speed up, etc.
A young woman from South Carolina
Placed fiddle strings ‘cross her vagina.
With the proper-sized cocks
What was sex became Bach’s
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.
Although the Asimov limerick books are largely out of print, you can find them on eBay, Amazon, and various used books sites. Here’s a complete list with ISBNs and links to Amazon: