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Limericks A-Go-Go

By: 29 December 2011 3 Comments

Howard A. Nobles, a Benton resident, started writing limericks as a lark in 1999 to amuse his fellow educators and kept up that habit for about five years.

He’s turned those short poems into a book, Lost in Limerick Land, that was published this year. Pick up the paperback or Kindle edition from The paperback or Nook edition is available through Barnes & Noble.

Nobles retired as the Benton Middle School assistant principal in 2004 and said his book is composed of limericks that were written on an almost daily basis to amuse fellow educators. The setup, he said, was always the same — he’d tell his coworkers that he saw a guy in the parking lot who imparted a bit of wisdom in verse then go on his way.

Nobles kept copies of those limericks and, after toying with the idea of publishing them for a few years, released Lost in Limerick Land in the fall. Nobles said he hopes his book finds its way in the hands of all who enjoy clean, amusing limericks. He pointed out that limericks are reputed to be primarily bawdy in nature, but his were posted on a middle school bulletin board and, as a result, are family friendly.

What can one expect to find in the book? Here’s a sample:

A girl named Miss Muffet, they say,
Chased off a large spider one day,
And when asked why
She had this reply,
“That think kept getting in my whey.”

It’s worth mentioning that Lost in Limerick Land isn’t Nobles’ first book. He published Poems from a Baseball Fan in 2004 and that book is available in paperback here from

Nobles said he’s written poetry since the early 1960s and has been published locally in the Saline Courier, the Arkansas Democrat, the Arkansas Gazette and the Sentinel-Record in Hot Springs. He has also been published in a few national poetry periodicals and magazines and is the current president of the Saline County Poets’ Roundtable and past president of the Poets’ Roundtable of Arkansas.

He’s working on a third book of poetry, but Nobles is concentrating on promoting Lost in Limerick Land for now. Click here for the paperback or Kindle version at or here for the paperback or Nook version through Barnes & Noble.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email =


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