The piece includes versions of famous poems, rewritten to obey Keith's secret constraint. His Jabberwocky puts all the other versions to shame:
"Jabwocky"Here's his take on Eliot:
Borogove, strange slithy troves,
A brilligtime quickstep
Mimsy creatures, gimblified,
Frolicked on a steppe.
I have spied mermaid scales going fast underneath the waves,
Endlessly traversing an aquatic continent;
Wandering the high seas, capricious and content.
"A Raven"These are all just short excerpts of much longer poems, which stand alone surprisingly well considering his conceit. If you want a hint, highlight the text between here You can figure out the constraint just by looking at the title. It has to do with numbers. and here.
Completely disturbed, I said, "Utter, please, what prevails ahead.
Repose, relief, cessation, or but more dreary 'nevermores'?"
The bird intruded thence - O, irritation ever since! -
Then sat on Pallas' pallid bust, watching me (I sat not, therefore),
And stated "nevermores".