Did gig? Gig did. (A “Sonny’s Blues” Palindrome)

Inspired by Lisa Samuels and Jerome McGann’s work on deformance, Rob Pope’s work on textual intervention, and Nick Montfort’s palindromic version of Star Wars, one of the ENGH 610 students has written—with apologies to James Baldwin—a palindrome inspired by “Sonny’s Blue’s.” Here it is, courtesy of the student, Betsy Allen.

Did gig? Gig did.

GI day,
eh…lived on.
Mom, Dad, level.
Mini Son did gigs, solo.
A party-trap.
A star! O, loss?
Gig did no sin.
I’m level, Dad, Mom.
No devil, he.
Ya dig?

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