Beginning in 2008, Dr. Larry Eisenberg (see below) contributed more than 13,000 letters to the Editor of the New York Times. His huge output most often took the form of limericks regardless of the topic upon which he commented. He was called “the closest thing this paper has to a poet in residence.” He died last December. Here are some samples of his work.
In a 2011 feature, he was asked to supply a brief biographical summary for readers. 20 minutes later, this was his answer:
A nonagenarian, I
A sometime writer of sci-fi,
Gen’rally of good cheer, With lim’ricks in ready supply.
About baseball he said:
True, the Mets lost their place in the Sun,
But the year has moved onward by one, Wounds have healed, time to grin
At each has-been brought in,
Chance of winning? Between slim & none!
A TV review went this way:
“Homeland” with time brought up to date,
Owes to “Manchurian Candidate”?
Is the theme tired, And hardly inspired?
Production and cast are first rate.
After the 2016 election of President Trump, Dr. Eisenberg said:
In 2011, he spoke on the topic of social media:
Was there no Life before there was Twitter?
Was it stodgy, lackluster or bitter?
I find Life too fleeting
To spend time in Tweeting,
I’m a face-to-face kind of critter!
After the 2016 election of President Trump he said:
A mauler, a grabber, abuser,
A do whatever you chooser
A spoiled-children breeder
An every trick-in-the-book user.
About his passing, the Times said:
Larry Eisenberg, whom we well know,
Has died (and his age is below)…99.
He opined on the news
With limericks, whose
Delightfulness leavens our woe.