"All the News

That Rhymes"

The Daily Poem


Distribution: 3 Printed in Urbana 27/02/98 22:43:23 FREE

to those "tenured" first, "radical" second

Yes, but who are the living poets
 Unanthologized Americans
  nameless faceless

Yes, but who are they, those
 without voicemail
   office doors

Who are those non-tenure non-track
 who teach most of the classes

"Assistants" assisting no one
"Associates" without associations
"Visiting" citizens
paying year leases a day at a time

Use the word "adjunct" in a sentence.
Make it sound natural.
Academia eats its young.

Who will tell them they had more job security
 when they were waiting

Who are the hated teachers of required courses
Who talks about Iraq to ROTC kids
Who talks about abortion to Catholics
Who talks about the University's racist mascot with athletes

Who will rehire them?


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