So You Want to Major in English


Red wheel barrows, ice-cream emperors

And Lucy half-hidden by a mossy stone—

English majors don’t live by bread alone.

Engineering pays more than half our rate,

But Humanities more than compensate.

Overlook those part-time jobs adjuncts fill.

Our imaginations are rich as well as our will.

But I digress—try justifying a federal loan

With a Ph. D’s salary in English to live upon.


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