UnBooks:Hutt River Anthology
|Poetry for people who hate poetry|
“Jabba wa-neen-chi chko-ka a noo-ee shah-nee trai-tran-a-ee wan-ya rooska. Heh heh heh....”
The Hutt River Anthology is a collection of poems written by Edgar Lee Majors, based around the lives and deaths of the inhabitants of the Hutt River Province, an Alderaanian splinter-state founded on the principals of gluttony and skimpy metal bikinis. The Province is ran by Jabba Desilijic Tiure of the notorious Hutt crime and pizza empire. The motto of the micronation is "Bring me Han Solo or a steak hoagie."
The poems are written from the perspective of people sentenced to death in the town's Sarlacc pit. Most of the poems are ruminations on a life wasted, a startling, honest confession, or a bout of screaming brought on by the immense suffering one encounters inside the Sarlacc.
Upon release the Anthology was met with mixed responses from both critics and the general public. Many modernists applauded its accurate, often dark portrayal of life in the outer reaches of the galaxy. But many socially conservative species were angered over the frank discussions of issues as complex as sex among family members, drug problems, and attachments to phallic-looking aliens. The Anthology did, however, find a ready made following amongst the slave classes of some of the more outlying areas of the Outer Rim and Queensland.
Many (now deceased) critics pointed to the metrical irregularity, lack of conventional rhyme schemes and literary technique, and its free verse styling as a major difficulty for comprehension. It wasn't until the Hutts threatened to drop family members of critics into the pit of the Rancor that the subtle wordplay and poetic diction inherent within the works became widely appreciated by those left alive.
Klaatu, Jabba's chief financial advisor, is the protagonist of a famous poem, shocking for its time, about sexual identity and frustration.
|One day my world stood still,
it was as if I were engulfed in night,
at war with the Army of Darkness,
but really I was just gay.
|Baawa, jeewa owga oorgh, |
Baawa, p'tang p'tang,
O' Bib Fortuna
O' Bib, author of the famous ancient Greek work of verse, Metamorphoses, writes his final poem here, a startling confessionary poem entitled Somber Sunday
|Verily, the waves of ardor claim, by chance,
My Heart, and my Head, and my Soul,
Heavy now lies, my lover in my mind,
Jabba the Hutt, you complete me
|O Fortuna, |
Wedge Antilles is one of the stranger poems in the collection, because it is not epitaph about a dead person, but is an in fact a poem written from the perspective of the long-destroyed Wedge Antilles islands. The poem is thus an exercise in poetic anthropomorphism.
|The tourists walk, on my face of glittering sand,
an ediface dedicated to mixed drinks, and sandals
and their ugly screaming kids;
I wish they would stop stepping on my face
Jabba the Hutt
Jabba the Hutt, famed intergalactic crime lord, is the subject of one of the anthology's most touching poems, a regretful rumination on love lost.
|Brisk like a cold winters dawn,
the memory of my first love still haunts me
fanning my hatred
but I was so hungry, and she looked so appealing...
Boba Fett, Jabba's chief interior decorator, is the author one of the anthology's more obscure poems, about the difficulties of interacial love.
|A dirge of love, undefined
unconstrained, by guidelines and sanctions,
is painful for all involved
when your love embrace has such sharp claws
Guido, Jabba the Hutt's stereotypical Italian mafia henchmen, is famous for his confrontation with one Han Solo in an attempt to collect money loaned to him by 'la familia'. The poem deals with this dramatic confrontation.
|In the dark and misty cesspool that was the saloon
subterfuge was the language of the outlaws and Solo spoke it well
I felt the searing pain of retribution;
the bastard shot me in the nuts
Isto, Isto rectimish
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