The academic job market in light verse

My poem “Lament for the Job Market,” a parody of William Dunbar’s “Lament for the Makers,” is up this month at Lighten Up Online. The speaker is a composite character, not a representation of any specific person. The Latin verb occidere, “to kill,” can be taken both figuratively and literally at once.

I’m honored to appear in the company of Elizabeth Horrocks and Jenna Lê, whose takes on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion are superb. As Jenna mentioned in a recent social media post, I’d like to see more fanfiction (and historical fiction) poetry.