Academic journal article English Studies in Canada


Academic journal article English Studies in Canada


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The 2004 winning haiku from last spring's ACCUTE conference was contributed by Benjamin Lefebvre, who has been extravagantly lavished with prizes and accolades for his efforts. Only modesty prevents us from detailing them here. However, we happily share his poem with ESC readers:

   Conference Weather

   Umbrella blows out
   Shiver between buildings, wind
   Morbid and acute.

The following unrelated poem appeared in the May/June 1990 issue of Infocus magazine and has since been floating around the net. The original authors are Fred Bremmer and Steve Kroese of Calvin College & Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


typography poem

A poll of Infocus readers established "waka" as the proper pronunciation for the angle-bracket characters, < and >, and so the poem can be appreciated by reading it aloud as follows:

   Waka waka bang splat tick tick hash,
   Caret quote back-tick dollar dollar dash,
   Bang splat equal at dollar under-score,
   Percent splat waka waka tilde number four,
   Ampersand bracket bracket dot dot slash,
   Pipe curly-bracket comma comma CRASH.

more worst jobs ever

Being a chamber maid in a hotel can be a horrible occupation. Being a chamber maid in a foreign country (Scotland) and taking the job to spite everyone (including oneself) is possibly worse! This is what I did while on vacation my first year away at school. I don't know if it was to show my family I could be independent, or whether I was having delusions of Upstairs, Downstairs grandeur, or perhaps I was trying to make up for decades of not cleaning my room, but I was completely unprepared for the things I would see in those oh-so-recently-occupied rooms. And I was completely oblivious to the fact that my co-workers and I had not one thing in common--except, possibly, for the fact that we were all human beings. …

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