Dream Song 35: MLA by John Berryman
Hey, out there!â€”assistant professors, full,
I have a sing to shay.
We are assembled here in the capital
city for Dullâ€”and one professor's wife is Maryâ€”
at Christmastide, hey!
and all of you did theses or are doing
and the moral history of what we were up to
thrives in Sir Wilson's handsâ€”
who I don't see hereâ€”only deals go screwing
some of you out, some upâ€”the chairmen too
are nervous, little friendsâ€”
a chairman's not a chairman, son, forever,
and hurts with his appointments; ha, but circleâ€”
take my word for itâ€”
though maybe Frost is dyingâ€”around Mary;
forget your footnotes on the old gentleman;
dance around Mary.