Fake Prof
Professor Frake

Is a hard-ass; takes pride
in the low grades he gives; 
publishes essays; gives offense;
carries the lamp of a seeker of truth
in a benighted age of compulsory bullshit;
but, hell, this guy’s a fake, and it’s irritating
that he’s so goddamn calculating. 
I don’t believe a word he says.
The more he insults the more praise
he covets and seems to get
from the poetry-hating propeller set.

(adapted from Catullus by Molly Arden)

        

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Author: The Best American Poetry