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Dr. Seuss’s birthday: Calling all poets

Update: See some of the great poems you wrote in honor of Dr. Seuss.

Theodore Geisel, a.k.a Dr. Seuss, would have been 108 on March 2, but he lives on through his delightfully quirky children’s books, with imaginary words and whimsical rhymes. The best-selling children’s author once said, “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living; it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.”

So , in honor of Seuss (and in advance of the release of the new film “The Lorax,” which is making news for its environmental message), we invite you to turn that telescope around and point it right at today’s headlines. Are there some current events — the election, international affairs, an Internet meme — that need a dose of Seussian levity? Write a verse or two of Seuss-inspired poetry about the news in the comments below. We’ll feature the best ones here.

The Lorax, voiced by Danny DeVito, is shown in a scene from the animated film "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax." (AP)

Further reading:

‘The Lorax,’ ‘The Secret World of Arrietty’ indoctrinate kids, says Lou Dobbs

Berenstain Bears co-creator Jan Berenstain dies

2011’s weirdest book names

Correction: This reporter was so excited about Dr. Seuss’s birthday that she celebrated it early. As Style reader gmoore44 notes, Seuss’s birthday is March 2.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts.

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