It can be very hard for celebrities to know what they’re bad at. I say that with genuine empathy. Once you reach a certain level of fame, you are probably surrounded by people telling you how wonderful you are at everything. It must be difficult to parse out who’s just humoring you. Somebody at some point told all of these celebrities that they were good at poetry, and you know what? I have to commend them for trying. See, even though an enthusiastic fifth grade teacher probably told all of us that “everybody can write poetry,” the fact remains that most people shouldn’t.
These stars aren’t exactly Dylan Thomas staggering through Chelsea or Mary Oliver roaming through a woodland with, like, a gentle fox, but they put forth an effort. Some of them – though not technically great writers – even managed to capture their personal voice in their poems, something that even accomplished writers can struggle with. Don’t believe me? Try guessing which celebrity wrote these tragic verses. If you’re up for it, you could even stage a poetry reading! With verses about three-way phone calls, an assistant named Fe, and bitchy organic food enthusiasts who don’t know how to stay in their gluten-free lane, you’re in for a good time.
Like all good fifth grade workbooks, we”ll even provide a “word bank”:
- Suzanne Somers
- Jennifer Aniston
- Charlie Sheen
- Pamela Anderson
- Britney Spears
- Sean Penn
- Rosie O’Donnell
- James Franco
- Sarah Palin
- Kate Moss
- Ally Sheedy
- Kristen Stewart
Okay, here come the poems!
I reared digital moonlight
You read its clock, scrawled neon across that black
Kismetly … ubiquitously crest fallen
Thrown down to strafe your foothills
…I’ll suck the bones pretty.
- ANSWER: Kristen Stewart, From My Heart Is A Wiffle Ball/Freedom Pole
Lucky in love
Lucky in love
Didn’t forget me when I asked you to leave me
Didn’t forget me
Now you’re alongside me
You’ve brought luck to love
I’ve been hit by a truck in love.”
- ANSWER: Jennifer Aniston, re: John Mayer
honeymoon at last, to get away from it all
My assistant Fe gave me the call.
I remember it well, as she was smilin’
She said it was called Turtle Island.
I packed my bags light and quick,
Then grabbed my pink dress & favorite lipstick.
- ANSWER: Britney Spears, in Honeymoon Poem
There had been a time
When we were up for the same roles,
10 Things I Hate about You
(Based on The Taming of the Shrew),
And The Patriot —
Funny, you were Australian and so was Mel —
You were the knight in A Knight’s Tale
Although I’m sure you wished you weren’t.
- ANSWER: James Franco, in Ledger
Excuse me, aren’t you…?”
“Hey, you look just like…”
“Oh my God, that’s…”
“Sorry to interrupt your dinner, but aren’t you…”
“Look, I never do this, but, my wife thinks you’re…”
“My friend is so convinced that you’re…”
“I’m so embarrassed, but, aren’t you…?”
“I know you must be tired of this, but…”
All eyes held in stare, all mouths locked open in shock, as he pulled the latex [REDACTED] mask from his head, revealing the rotted skull of President Lincoln.
- ANSWER: Charlie Sheen, in I.D. Blues (redacted = “Charlie Sheen,” of course)
Organic girl dropped by last night
For nothing in particular
Except to tell me again how beautiful and serene she feels
On uncooked vegetables and wheat germ fortified by bean sprouts—
Mixed with yeast and egg whites on really big days—
She not only meditates regularly, but looks at me like I should
And lectures me about meat and ice cream
And other aggressive foods I shouldn’t eat.
- ANSWER: Suzanne Somers, in Organic Girl
I do not like this Uncle Sam. I do not like his health care scam.
I do not like — oh, just you wait — I do not like these dirty crooks, or how they lie and cook the books.
I do not like when Congress steals, I do not like their crony deals.
I do not like this spying, man, I do not like, ‘Oh, Yes we can.’
I do not like this spending spree, we’re smart, we know there’s nothing free.
I do not like reporters’ smug replies when I complain about their lies.
I do not like this kind of hope, and we won’t take it, nope, nope, nope.
- ANSWER: Sarah Palin, in an actual speech at a real convention
I’ve been thinking you’ve been cheatin
and you know that’s just not right
So just to be sure
I gave you a call
to see exactly what you’d say
You said, “Girl you know I’m not lyin!”
Good, lets call her on three-way
- ANSWER: Ashanti, in Three-Way
…ME – I miss PLAYBOY – The end of an Era – Chivalry, elegance, celebrated imperfections…
- ANSWER: Pamela Anderson, in Untitled Facebook Poem
kito – we figured out
was the place they stopped
b4 the galapagos
ee cummings was just lazy
- ANSWER: Rosie O’Donnell in Aloha
brighter and brighter every day
my insides slosh about like a nauseous ocean
it takes great gulps of air
words from religious books
and Diet Cherry Coke to quiet the sound
- ANSWER: Ally Sheedy in On The Road
I saw a woman
whose teeth were
White picket fensces
Until she looked
at her husband-
They they looked like
- ANSWER: Jewel in Untitled
What is this on my chin…?
It’s f**king s**t, man
Give me a f**king shower.
- Sean Penn in This Water’s Cold