Five-Ku on Channing Tatum

In the New York Times Magaine on 3/24/13 (p. 49), a Five-Ku,

five haiku poems about a current celebrity or cultural phenomenon. (Past examples include haikus about Susan Sarandon, Russell Crowe and classic horror films.)

This week in Five-Ku, we present five short poems on the career of Channing Tatum. During the extensive research and reporting phase of this project, however, we made an important discovery: Channing Tatum’s name is delightfully, and quite possibly infinitely, anagrammable. (link)

On Tatum, from Wikipedia:

Channing Matthew Tatum (born April 26, 1980) is an American actor and film producer, best known for his roles in Step Up (2006), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), Dear John (2010), The Vow (2012), 21 Jump Street (2012), Magic Mike (2012), and G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013). He has also appeared in films such as Coach Carter (2005), She’s the Man (2006), A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006), Fighting (2009), and The Dilemma (2010). While known for his dramatic performances in Dear John and The Vow, he has also ventured into more comedic roles. Earlier in his career he worked variously as a dancer, model, and stripper.

He’s a dramatically sexy man. Seen here projecting intense masculinity:

And stripping right to the edge of an X rating:

Back to the haikus and anagrams on the NYT blog:

First rule of Tatum:
Shorter the hair, better the
Movie. Bank on it.

His success foretold?
‘‘Channing Tatum’’ anagram
For ‘‘Acting manhunt.’’

Then again, also
For ‘‘Thin-act gunman.’’ As well
as ‘‘Macing that nun.’’

And ‘‘Manic gnat hunt.’’
And ‘‘Chanting, am nut.’’ O.K.,
Enough anagrams.

Those ‘‘Magic Mike’’ abs —
Sorry — can’t resist one more.
Here: ‘‘Cunning? Am that.’’

There are, in fact, even more excellent and resonant anagrams — or, as you might call them, channingrams — you can generate from Channing Tatum: for example, “Gunman can’t hit.” Or “Can’t, Ma — hunting.” Or “Hangman cut tin.” Or “Man hunting cat.” Or “Tang than cumin.” Or “Cunning at math.” Or “Giant nun match.” Or “Mutt-canning. Ha!”

3 Responses to “Five-Ku on Channing Tatum”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    From Ken Rudolph on Facebook:

    I discovered Tatum in his first big role in STEP UP. Since then I think I’ve seen all his films, despite the fact that he’s hardly my type. He can’t act, although he’s improved from total lox to an authentic star, making acting sort of irrelevant.

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  3. amber Says:

    you are so fit channing tatum

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