Speed Reads

Poetry

Carl Reiner was writing about large derrières long before Sir Mix-a-Lot

Arsenio

It seems that before comedy legend Carl Reiner helped create the Dick Van Dyke Show and had a hand in launching Steve Martin's career with The Jerk, he dabbled in poetry. On Arsenio Tuesday night, Reiner staged the TV debut of a poem he wrote in 1942, "Ode to the Buttocks Bountiful." It's pretty much what it sounds like — he likes big butts and he cannot lie. Host Arsenio Hall cut to the chase: When it comes to declaring our love for ample derrières, forget race: "We're all one." Racism, solved? Other -isms? Well.... --Peter Weber