Fred Yannantuono


Dead Bed Limerick

These days when you’re buying a bed
Forget all the words that are said.
The sales pitch is bunk.
The mattress is junk.
You’re better off sleeping on lead.

Fired from Hallmark for writing meaningful greeting-card verse, Fred Yannantuono has published 410 poems in 85 journals in 36 states. He was nominated for a Pushcart prize in 2006, 2013, and 2015. His book A Boilermaker for the Lady has been banned in France, Latvia, and the Orkney Isles. To Idi Amin I’m a Idiot—and Other Palindromes was recently published. Another book of poems, I Hate to Second Guess Myself, or Do I? is due out in 2018. Paul Newman once claimed to have known him for a long time.