# National What Month?

The world would be a safer place if Sean Carroll didn’t go around telling people it was National Poetry Month. For you see, I took two semesters of Poetry Workshop (easiest course credit I ever got). I also took a couple archy and mehitabel books with me to Amsterdam one lovely spring, which I read in between researching my supersymmetric quantum mechanics paper, visiting the Van Gogh Museum and generally enjoying the sights. All of that probably sloshed together and fed into the following, which is entitled “workshop”.

the old men know when an old man dies em dash ogden nash

hi boss i ve been away for quite a while i know but i haven t been wasting my time oh no i ve been spending every wodens day evening at a writer s workshop

a dozen twentysomethings and i get together and read each other s verse while sometimes we even bring in sonnets or odes from famous poets dead or alive and read them to each other so we can get better at doing their job now that they re gone

it s really very much fun because my fellow workshoppers write about the most important things they know and they do it with such a sense of levity that you would almost think they put effort into sounding flip and carefree

i ve learned the best tricks of the trade colon one always preface your own words with somebody else s     and i m getting lots of practice at that two if you copy a dead man s form then     you can do everything he     does and laugh at him too three put your most important feelings out in the     open because the other workshoppers are     willing to listen

it makes me sad when i think all this talent is going to waste why just last week we had poems on abortion and globalization too

it makes me wish that all the terrorists would stop eating falafel and come over here and make children s blood run through the leafy clogged up gutter drains because then maybe all the poets i ve met will finally have a chance to become pablo neruda

NEXT: supersymmetric quantum mechanics.

## 2 thoughts on “National What Month?”

1. Are you promising us a poem on supersymmetric quantum mechanics? You’d better deliver.

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