Written for the class Calculus II at Hope College, in Holland, Michigan.
Author’s note: The work below is based on the 11th and 50th-anniversary edition of Sound and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry, by Thomas R. Arp and Greg Johnson. In my piece, I draw on rhetoric surrounding my high school’s new and much-resisted policy requiring all students to wear identification cards. Don’t regard the views I present too seriously, though, for I wrote this in a moment of poetic rashness. In no way do I intend to express my actual feelings, nor those of my teacher, nor those of the legions of suffering English students who agree with me.
“But all they want to do / is tie the poem to a chair with rope / and torture a confession out of it.”
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