Patchwork Poems & Parodies

Poetry and Humor (non date specific)

 

Artwork by John R. Neill.

Patchwork Poems & Parodies chronicled by Joe Bongiorno. Used by permission only.

 

 

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Poetry

   It should come as no surprise that Oz has inspired the poet in many.  Some of the verse below are funny, some are whimsical and some are aching and beautiful.  Those that contain narratives are also included on the mainline timeline where appropriate. 

 

Click on a title to view the cover of the publication in which it appears

Underlined titles can be found online.

 

Title

Author

Publisher/Publication

About the Land of Oz

Frederick Reeve

The Ozmapolitan; (issue 4) Reilly & Lee, 1927; Baum Bugle Vol 27, #2, 1983; Hungry Tiger Press: Available online

The Ballad of Good Sir Hokus

Ruth Plumly Thompson

The Ozmapolitan; (issue 5) Reilly & Lee, 1928; Baum Bugle Vol 32 #1, Spring 1988; Hungry Tiger Press: Available online

Biozonnet 1/Epilogue 

Robin Olderman

Oziana 1989, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Book of Records

Christopher Wayne Buckley

Oziana 1991, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Canis Heroicus

Robin Olderman

Illustrated by Robin Olderman

Oziana 1999, The International Wizard of Oz Club

The Cheerful Citizens of Oz 

Land of Oz

The Scarecrow of Oz

The Tin Woodman of Oz

Kabumpo, the Elegant Elephant of Oz

The Cowardly Lion

Jack Pumpkinhead

Tik-Tok, the Machine Man

The Hungry Tiger

The Soldier With the Green Whiskers

Sir Hokus of Pokes

Breakfast, the Bananny Goat of Oz

The Patchwork Girl

The Umbrellephant

The Wonderful Land of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Ruth Plumly Thompson 

The Cheerful Citizens of Oz, The International Wizard of Oz Club (1992); some originally from various issues of The Baum Bugle and The Ozmapolitan.

Cowardly Lion: What Scares Me the Most

Tribble Master

Fanfiction.net

The Curious Cottabus Meets the Answering Onsweraff Julia Inglis The Oz Gazette, Vol. 4, No. 1, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Dorothy and the Sequels

Ruth Berman

Oz-story Magazine #1, Hungry Tiger Press

Dorothy Saved the Day Ms. Pienik's 1990-1991 fourth grade class, Holy Rosary School, Flint Michigan The Oz Gazette, Vol. 3, No. 1, The International Wizard of Oz Club
Emerald City Ann Karp The Oz Gazette, Vol. 5, No. 1, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Emerald Holidays

Ruth Berman

Oz-story Magazine #3, Hungry Tiger Press

Excerpt from the Oziad

Frederick Otto

Oziana 1973, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Excerpt from the Oziad: Part Two, How It All Began 

Harry Mongold

Oziana 1974, The International Wizard of Oz Club

A Day in Oz:

Exhibit "B": The Scarecrow's Song

Exhibit "C": Tin Woodman's Song

Exhibit "D": The Song of the Wizard of Oz

Ruth Plumly Thompson 

Sissajig and Other Surprises; The International Wizard of Oz Club (2003)

The Glass Cat

Eric Shanower

The Salt Sorcerer of Oz and Other Stories, Hungry Tiger Press; Oz-story Magazine #3, Hungry Tiger Press

Gloma 

Ruth Berman

Oziana 1979, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Haiku (Watching the Clouds Go By)

Christopher Wayne Buckley 

Oziana 1991, The International Wizard of Oz Club

A Happy Ending Brooke Pederson The Oz Gazette, Vol. 4, No. 1, The International Wizard of Oz Club

How Ducky!

Harry Mongold 

Oziana 1978, The International Wizard of Oz Club

In Blue-Green Lands

Eric Shanower

The Salt Sorcerer of Oz and Other Stories, Hungry Tiger Press

Jinjur Theresa Ramsey The Oz Gazette, Vol. 4, No. 3, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Kabumpo

Eric Shanower

The Salt Sorcerer of Oz and Other Stories, Hungry Tiger Press

The Land of Nod Ruth Plumly Thompson The Land of Nod/Rockinghorse Hill; Murray Publications, 1920; The Wizard of Way-Up and Other Wonders; The International Wizard of Oz Club, 1985

Menu

Eric Shanower

The Salt Sorcerer of Oz and Other Stories, Hungry Tiger Press; Oz-story Magazine #6, Hungry Tiger Press

My Fairyland Marin Elizabeth Xiques The Oz Gazette, Vol. 1, No. 1, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Nick Chopper: To the Beat of My Heart

Tribble Master

Fanfiction.net

Ode to Brains

Eric Shanower

The Salt Sorcerer of Oz and Other Stories, Hungry Tiger Press, 2002

An Ode to Straw

Dick Martin

Reilly & Lee; Baum Bugle Vol 39 #2, Autumn 1995, The International Wizard of Oz Club; Hungry Tiger Press: Available online.

Ozimericks

Ruth Plumly Thompson

The Ozmapolitan; (issue 3) Reilly & Lee, 1926; Baum Bugle vol 10, #2; 10/66 The International Wizard of Oz Club; Hungry Tiger Press: Available online

Oz Poems

A Christmas Present for Ozma

Merry Christmas from Jinnicky

A Christmas Wish

Where Santa Spends Christmas

If, An Oz Verse to be Used for Advertising Purposes

The Sawhorse

Famous JacksOne Who is Some Pumpkins

Ruth Plumly Thompson

Collected in Sissajig and Other Surprises, The International Wizard of Oz Club, the first four were originally published in The Baum Bugle, 1962, 1968, 1961 and 1960, respectively.  The last two were published in The Philadelphia Public Ledger in 1915 and 1918.  "If" was published in the Reilly & Lee Catalogue and Order List (1927)

Oz, the First 100 Years

Robin Olderman & Percy Vere

Oziana 2000, The International Wizard of Oz Club

An Ozzy Adventure

Ruth Plumly Thompson

The Baum Bugle, April 1961; The International Wizard of Oz Club; The Wizard of Way-Up and Other Wonders; The International Wizard of Oz Club, 1985

Parts Unavailable

Eric Shanower

The Salt Sorcerer of Oz and Other Stories, Hungry Tiger Press; Oz-story Magazine #1, Hungry Tiger Press

The Patchwork Girl of Oz Becky Fairweather The Oz Gazette, Vol. 3, No. 1, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Patchworked Memory

FaerieQueen1313

Fanfiction.net

The Patchwork Girl's Pet

Peter Schulenberg

Oziana 2005, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Percy’s Predicament: Problematic, Puzzling Poesy 

Robin Olderman 

Oziana 1997, The International Wizard of Oz Club

The Pronunciad

Robin Olderman 

Oziana 1984, The International Wizard of Oz Club

The Rainbow's Daughter: An Appreciation

Marcus Mebes

Oziana 38, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Rivals

Adrian Korpel

Oziana 2006, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Rockinghorse Hill Ruth Plumly Thompson The Land of Nod/Rockinghorse Hill; Murray Publications, 1920; The Wizard of Way-Up and Other Wonders; The International Wizard of Oz Club (1985)

A Roundabout Rhyme

Ruth Plumly Thompson

Oz-story Magazine #3, Hungry Tiger Press

Ruggedo Reflects on Love J.L. Bell The Winkie Con 50 Program Book; Hungry Tiger Press, 2014
The Runaway Rockinghorse

Ruth Plumly Thompson

The Philadelphia Public Ledger, December 1919; The Wonder Book, Reilly & Lee (1929); The International Wizard of Oz Club (2006)

Sail Away to Oz

Marcus Mebes

Palo Verde Emeralds

Scarecrow Katherine Werner The Oz Gazette, Vol. 3, No. 2, The International Wizard of Oz Club
Scarecrow Ashley Curry The Oz Gazette, Vol. 3, No. 2, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Scarecrow: Brand New Day

Tribble Master

Fanfiction.net

Scraps' Ditty

L. Frank Baum, Clara Jean Curzon & Tom Benson

Oziana 1978, The International Wizard of Oz Club

A Short Short Oz Story

L. Frank Baum

The Baum Bugle, Christmas 1964, The International Wizard of Oz Club; Buckethead Enterprises of Oz (1994).
Theresa's Pink Road Theresa McMillan Oziana 1914, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Through a Nightmare

Nicole A. Fear (as Krudovana)

Fanfiction.net

Tik-Tok Takes a Trip

Harry Mongold

Oziana 1971, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Tin Woodman

WhispertheWolf

Fanfiction.net

To General Jinjur

L. Frank Baum

Reilly & Britton; The Baum Bugle vol. 7, #1; 4/63 The International Wizard of Oz Club; Hungry Tiger Press: Available online

To Have a Beautiful Friendship Jennifer Faires The Oz Gazette, Vol. 4, No. 1, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Toto Reveals

Brianna Landon

Oziana 2009, The International Wizard of Oz Club

The Trouble with the Magic Belt

Steve Teller

Oziana 2009, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Two’s of a Kind: Three Oz Poems

McWogglebug

Break Dance

Stuff and Nonsense 

Neil Wilgus 

Oziana 1988, The International Wizard of Oz Club

When Ozma Was a Baby

Rachel Campbell

The Ozmapolitan; (issue 3) Reilly & Lee, 1926; Baum Bugle vol 10, #2; 10/66 The International Wizard of Oz Club; Hungry Tiger Press: Available online

The Wicked Witch is Dead, She's Dead Ms. Pienik's 1990-1991 fourth grade class, Holy Rosary School, Flint Michigan The Oz Gazette, Vol. 3, No. 1, The International Wizard of Oz Club

The Wizard’s Christmas Invention 

Ruth Plumly Thompson

Baum Bugle, winter 1966; The Wizard of Way-Up and Other Wonders, The International Wizard of Oz Club (1985)

The Wizard of Oz Jack Pan The Oz Gazette, Vol. 2, No. 1, The International Wizard of Oz Club

 

 

 

 

Parody

   Need your funny-bone tickled?  The following parodies, arranged alphabetically, take a poke at Baum's creations, sometimes irreverently, but always with good humor.  Check the notes regarding adult content.  Underlined titles can be found online.

 

(The Annotated) Adventure of the Rye Balloonist

(Dundas) Richard R. Rutter

Shadow of the Gnomon, vol 2, #1

Note: This clever 1982 pastiche features Holmes and Watson being visited by three unusual visitors who need his services to find a lost little girl named Judy and her dog, Otto.  The story is replete with many amusing and witty allusions to Oz. First published in Shadows of the Gnomon, vol 1, #2 by the Knights of Gnomon.  Later reprinted in ‘92 in the annotated version.

 

Barry Porter and the Sorceress of Oz

Eleanor Kennedy

Oziana 2009, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: An inevitable crossover.

 

The BNF of Iz

Carl Brandon aka. Terry Carr, Ron Ellik

Available online

Note: 1959 fanfic parody about Dorothy, a lonely poor fan-girl who gets her wish as a cyclone takes her to the Land of Iz, "where everyone is a fan, even the animals and machines," and there meets new friends on her way to the Amber City to talk to the BNF (Big Name Fan).  Click on the link above to read this classic parody from the late fifties.

 

Cheshire Crossing #1-4

Andy Weir

Available online

Note: When three girls diagnosed with dissociative disorder, Alice, Wendy and Dorothy, find themselves locked up, they assume the worst.  Only, they're not in an asylum, their caretaker is Mary Poppins, and it's off to the magical lands!

 

 

 

Daria in Oz

Aaron Solomon Adelman

Available online

Note: From the author of the HI/RCC, this humorous and acerbic crossover tale (which takes place in 2010) can be read at the link above.

 

The Dhroobs of Oz

Roger Price

Available online

Note: Not much is known of this purportedly 1966 parody of Ozma's open-door policy in Oz .  Click on the link above to read it.

 

The Emerald Engagement

John S. Troutman

Unavailable

Web-comic in which cranky college students discover the skeleton of a winged monkey alongside Scraps' body leading them on a journey to places where Starbucks has no presence.  Later taken down by the author.

 

The Evil Author of Oz

Aaron Solomon Adelman

The Royal Publisher of Oz: Available exclusively here!

Note: Titular character attempts to rewrite Oz history with hilarious results.  Click here to read.

 

Five Marriages in Oz

Tiktok of Oz

Fanfiction.net

Note: Ten characters tie the knot in this funny look at unusual what-if pairings in Oz.

 

A Generic Oz Story

Tyler Jones

Oziana 1997, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: If you've read the Oz series, you may find this one of the funnier Oz parodies.

 

Gizmo #5 (Lions an' Robots an' Girls, oh my!)

Michael Dooney

Mirage Studios

Note: The robot Gizmo and his pet/friend Fluffy crashland on an artificial planet which has been terraformed into Oz.  Gizmo takes on the roll of the Tin Man, Fluffy becomes the Lion, and other characters take on other roles. 

 

Jenny Everywhere in Oz

Kass Stone

Oziana 38, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Jumping through the multiverse, Jenny lands in Oz, only to encounter Kalidahs, a protégé of the Wicked Witch of the East, and a Legion of Glindas from different universes!

 

Jinnicky Saves Christmas

Nathan Mulac DeHoff

Oziana 2013, The International Wizard of Oz Club

What happens when Tolkien's Elves decide they're tired of Santa tarnishing the reputation of Elves?

 

Junk Mail

Dave Hardenbrook

Oziana 1997, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: Not even the fairy countries are immune to it!

 

 

The Love Bug of Oz

Ed McCray

Oziana 2013, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: What happens when the Wizard and the Wogglebug are both bitten by the Love Bug and fall in love with Glinda?

 

The Magic Cloak; or, Something New Ruth Plumly Thompson The Philadelphia Public Ledger, November 7, 14, 21, 1915; collected in Sissajig and Other Surprises; The International Wizard of Oz Club
Note: A subtle satire of Baum's Queen Zixi of Ix, or The Magic Cloak, in that it involves a "bored Fairy Queen who amuses herself with creating a magic cloak to grant wishes" and who "needs a cure for her boredom more than the mortal boy... but the process of granting his wishes turns out to include a boisterous cure for boredom, as well." ~preface to Sissajig and Other Surprises
     
The Mystery of the Missing Ozma

Jay Delkin

Illustrated by Eric Shanower

Oziana 1984, The International Wizard of Oz Club
Note: Sherlock Holmes (named only as the Great Detective) and Watson (listed as his biographer) attempt to solve a mystery regarding a vanished Ozma with little success.
     

Oz-E-Gags

Bill Eubank

Oziana 1974, Oziana 1976, Oziana 1977, Oziana 1978, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: Single panel comic panels.

     

Oz ad Nauseum

Dick Martin

No, no. 10 (June 1972), edited by Ruth Berman; Oz-story Magazine #6, Hungry Tiger Press; Tiger Tails: Hungry Tiger Press

 

Ozma Gets Really Pissed off and Cusses and Totally Offends (Almost) Everyone in Oz

Liatannah Johanna Briggs

Palo Verde Emeralds

Note: If the title isn’t enough to convince you, then know that this amusing page and a half pamphlet published in 1993 was written as an insult to Serafin Padilla, the teacher that headed the Wiz Kids of Oz project (and inspiration for the name Allidap, given by the Wiz Kids to the Wicked Witch of the West.  The cover shows Ozma giving the finger.

 

Nitwits in Oz Dave T. Rocket Deviantart.com
Note: Funny and appropriate comic-book page about visitors to Oz who don't believe they're in Oz because it doesn't match what the MGM film revealed.
     

The Pathetic Losers of Oz 

Ed Brubaker

Oz-story Magazine #1, Hungry Tiger Press

Note: Funny one page comic strip.

 

Prince Inga vs. Prince Caspian

Megan Kelso

Oz-story Magazine #5, Hungry Tiger Press

Note: The debate continues in this funny comic over the two great fairylands, Oz and Narnia.

 

The Princess Ozma Diaries

Charles Phipps

Available on request

Note: Some adult content accompanies this very funny look into Ozma's startling private thoughts.  If you are over 18, click above to request a copy of this amusing tale.

 

Red Dwarf in Oz

Dave Hardenbrook

Available online

Note: Witty pastiche/parody of Oz and the famous British sci-fi sitcom, Red Dwarf

 

The Revenge of Mombi

C.J. Lambert

Fanfiction.net

Note: A deposed Ozma tells the tale of how Mombi resurrected the Wicked Witch of the East.

 

The Radioactive Teddy Bear from Hell Destroys Oz

Marcus Mebes

Self-published

Note: A darker parody with graphic scenes as the titular teddy bear does what the title says.

 

 

 

The Royal Historian of Oz

Tommy Kovac

SLG Publishing

After the last Royal Historian of Oz dies in 2050, writer Jasper Fizzle is determined to carry on. Only problem is that Official Oz Society can't stand his books, and, even worse, his son Frank is exasperated by his father's obsession. But when Jasper finds the Silver Shoes and travels to Oz, stealing many of the magical devices and creatures in order to better the outside world, Frank will gets caught up in the obsession far beyond his wildest imaginings! (Features Ozma, Scraps, the Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Tin Woodman and Glinda).

 

Say No to Camping

I Think Therefore I Am

Fanfiction.net

Note: The Wizard confronts the Tin Woodman about his detailed pamphlets warning people not to go camping with the Wizard

 

Scooby Doo in Oz

Charles Phipps

Available on request

Note: Highly amusing crossover in which Scooby and friends head to Oz to solve the mystery of Mombi the ghost witch!  Click above to request a digital copy.

 

The Shortest Book of Oz

J. L. Bell

Oziana 1998, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note:  The quickest visit to Oz and back ever made!

 

Sir Harold and the Gnome King

(from The Enchanter Reborn)

L. Sprague de Camp & Christopher Stasheff

Baen Books

Note: All of the Enchanter series is meant as parody. This tale written in 1961 depicts an Oz with the no-aging spell no longer in existence.  Both Dorothy and Ozma are older and married, Dorothy to a man from the outside, and Ozma to Evardo with whom they have a son.

 

Stitch and Scraps

Tommy Kovak

Oz-story Magazine #6, Hungry Tiger Press

Note: The Patchwork Girl has never been more irreverent (nor Toto more dignified) than in this funny one-page strip.

 

Tales from the Scrapbook

Robert Kassabian

The Oz Research Group/Story Circle; Jan 03

Note: Pun-filled series of short adventures that leaves even the narrator unconscious.

 

There’s No Place

Jule Schneider

Oz-story Magazine #5, Hungry Tiger Press

Note: Satirical poem about our modern day world.

 

 

The Tin Woodman Slams the Door

Philip José Farmer

Illustrated by Lin Carter

Destiny No. 10 (1954); The Pumperdink Press, volume 3, number 1 (1983); Oz-story Magazine #6, Hungry Tiger Press

Note: Those who are familiar with Philip Jose Farmer’s Barnstormer in Oz will get a chuckle out of this one.

 

What If...

Dennis Anfuso

Oziana 1979, The International Wizard of Oz Club

Note: Single panel comic from the author of Winged Monkeys of Oz that asks the title question.

 

 

The Oz and Borderlands Books

 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

The Marvelous Land of Oz

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

Ozma of Oz

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

The Road to Oz

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

The Emerald City of Oz

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

Little Wizard Stories of Oz

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

The Patchwork Girl of Oz

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

Tik-Tok of Oz

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

The Scarecrow of Oz

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

Rinkitink in Oz

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

The Lost Princess of Oz

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

The Tin Woodman of Oz

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

The Magic of Oz

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

Glinda of Oz

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

The Wonder City of Oz

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

The Sea Fairies

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

Sky Island

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

Queen Zixi of Ix

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

A Kidnapped Santa Claus (1 of 4)

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

A Kidnapped Santa Claus (2 of 4)

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

A Kidnapped Santa Claus (3 of 4)

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

A Kidnapped Santa Claus (4 of 4)

John Troutman

Lit Brick: Sequential Comedies of Literature

 

 

 

 

 

 

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