Mad For Better or Verse - 1968

  • Written by: Frank Jacobs
  • Cover and Interior Artist: Paul Coker, Jr.

  • Known printings: Signet 6 / Warner 3

  • Dedication
  • Foreward: Nick Meglin
  • The Village Hippie
    (with apologies to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
  • Baseball Types
    • The Pitcher
    • The Catcher
    • The First Baseman
    • The Second Baseman
    • The Shortstop
    • The Third Baseman
    • The Outfielders
    • The Manager
  • The Night Before Christmas, 1999
    or St. Nicholas Meets the Population Explosion
    (with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore)
  • Poetry in Everyday Life
    • Poetry on the Highway
    • Poetry in Doctor Bills
    • Poetry in Picket Lines
    • Poetry in Model Kit Building
  • The Phone
    (with apologies to Edgar Allan Poe)
  • The Mad Zoo
    • The Camel, The Python, The Yak, The Eel, The Tiger, The Aardvark, The Ostrich, The Opossum, The Bat, The Skunk, The Zebra, The Crocodile, The Shrew, The Dolphin
  • If Famous Poets Had Different Occupations
    • If Rudyard Kipling were a Cookbook Editor
    • If Walt Whitman were a Greeting Card Writer
    • If Robert W. Service wrote the Weather Report
    • If Carl Sandburg were a
      Baseball Writer Covering The New York Mets
    • If Eugene Field Sold Fresh Fish
    • If William Blake were a TV Critic
    • If Lewis Carroll were a
      Hollywood Press Agent in the Thirties
  • The Mad Zodiac
    • Aries the Ram, Taurus the Bull, Gemini the Twins, Cancer the Crab, Leo the Lion, Virgo the Virgin, Libra the Scales, Scorpio the Scorpion, Sagittarius the Archer, Capricorn the Goat, Aquarius the Water-Bearer, Pisces the Fish
  • If (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)
1968 printing - Click cover for larger view Mad For Better or Verse
1975 printing Mad For Better or Verse
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