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Chuck Cunningham, whose cartoons have been a staple of The Oconee Enterprise for decades, recently teamed up with Watkinsville resident Jerry Rogers to publish a haiku book about human body part.

“The X Bone is connected to the Haiku Bone” features Rogers’ humorous, word play-heavy haikus and Cunningham’s signature black-and-white drawings. Both men are retired educators.

The book’s poems take a humorous approach to discussing each exterior part of the body, from the head to the toes. The cartoons creatively interpret words by not only exaggerating body part size, but by alluding to other literary or artistic works and depicting small, humorous vignettes that everyone tends to experience. 

For Rogers, educating others about the body was as important as making the learning fun. Previously, Rogers taught at all school levels, including English in Oconee County schools, and he has written articles about teaching and creative writing in several different journals and newspapers. 

Cunningham, who currently draws editorial cartoons for The Enterprise, retired as the assistant principal of Colham Ferry Elementary School and worked as a teacher and curriculum director beforehand. 

For more on this story, see the Sept. 3 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website.

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