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Analysis and comments on Goodtime Jesus by James Tate

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Comment 12 of 22, added on January 3rd, 2012 at 11:26 AM.

Just do me a favor and keep wtrinig such trenchant analyses, OK?

Darold from Saint Vincent and the Grenadin
Comment 11 of 22, added on May 25th, 2011 at 2:08 AM.

@josh - why not just explain it instead of saying how easy it is and to
reread it? thanks~

Comment 10 of 22, added on February 26th, 2006 at 7:52 PM.

This is a wonderful piece. For those of you who don't get it, please keep
reading it. Read between the lines. This piece is not shallow by any
stretch. There is a DEEP meaning. Try combining the two things foreshadowed
by both Jesus' nightmare and "Take a little ride on my donkey,...". You'll
get it if you look for it.

Josh from United States
Comment 9 of 22, added on December 10th, 2005 at 9:51 AM.

I read it. I re-read it. I re-re-read it. I got it! lol I like

Arlene from United States
Comment 8 of 22, added on July 4th, 2005 at 5:22 PM.

A lighthearted, but deft, poem from our finest living poet.

cary from Bahrain
Comment 7 of 22, added on June 3rd, 2005 at 7:37 PM.

If you're in the mood for a flippant joke and looney levity, then you'll
love this one.

Light verse is fine but oughtn't it be more, well, witty? Smarter? With
more zip in the language itself? This humor is dumb and dumber -- and I
just don't think mixing an image of nuclear holocaust with a cheery
coffee-loving Jesus works. If you want a deeper laugh, seek out Dorothy
Parker, Ogden Nash, Billy Collins, Wendy Cope.

Roundabout from United States
Comment 6 of 22, added on April 30th, 2005 at 7:00 PM.

This is a great poem.

JC from United States
Comment 5 of 22, added on February 24th, 2005 at 7:57 AM.

I must agree with rain here. Just because you dont understand some thing
doesnt mean it sucks.Just the opposite, if it envoked you to think the poem
has done its job..This poem is so obviously about just feeling good..maybe
the message was to simple for you kenneth.

jerry from United States
Comment 4 of 22, added on December 24th, 2004 at 7:37 PM.

a Great poem.Ken is the one who is high...

poetry is about evoking emotion and this one's about good times, as the
title implies. Get off yer high horse and relax man...

Rain from United States
Comment 3 of 22, added on December 24th, 2004 at 1:17 AM.

How can this be called poetry? It has no meaning whatsoever and is totally
stupid! If this guy won all those awards that are mentioned in his bio, I
have to say that the award-givers were smoking some serious crack! So was
he, I guess, when he wrote his so-called poems. Anyway, that's my opinion.

Kenneth C. from United States

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Poet: James Tate
Poem: Goodtime Jesus
Added: Feb 20 2003
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