Opal Louis Nations’ clever new collection of wordplay and absurdist fiction reveals a remarkable range of styles — parody, pastiche, Oulipian constraints, and Edward Lear-like nonsense verse. There’s even a serious side (see the nonfictional account of the infamous James Boys.) Throughout this compilation — featuring many never-before published works — Nations weaves snippets of autobiography like clues in a parlor game. There is no book quite like this one, with its ribald humor, leaps of language, and loony surrealism. And, of course, many wickedly witty rhymes.
RHYMES FOR SHORT PARENTS WITH TALL CHILDREN
Opal Louis Nations
Illustrations by Norman Conquest
116 pp., $12.95
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
British-born artist, writer, singer and gospel music producer/ researcher Opal Louis Nations was born in Brighton, England in 1941. Close to 600 works of fiction and art have appeared in books and small magazines. One of his earliest texts was published in Michael Moorcock’s New Worlds Magazine in 1969.
He has been awarded both The Perpetua and Pushcart prizes for his fiction and appeared on Yehudi Menhuin’s T.V. series Man And His Music. Some of his graphic works reside at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles as part of the Jean Brown Archive. Over 150 of his music articles covering a wide range of music genres have appeared in music magazines. He has written liner notes to more than 130 CD collections. He produced the Legendary Gospel Specialty reissue series for Fantasy Records in Berkeley and the Nashboro Gospel reissue series for AVI in Los Angeles.