Politics in haiku, poetry in research

Here it is in haiku:

Let them sleep, like dogs? Oh, no:
Refute them at once.

Here is the title of the thesis the poem represents:

“How to handle opposing arguments in persuasive messages: A meta-analytic review of the effects of one-sided and two-sided messages”

Haiku is probably easier for campaign managers to remember — good advice in 17 syllables.

Jim Gibbon.com has a contest going — he challenged people to boil their recent academic publications down to the 17-syllable poetry form called haiku, for social science research, humanities publications, physical sciences, and a category called tech/computers/internet.

I tell speech students and clients that any good argument or thesis can be boiled down to a 30-second statement. Haiku may be a little too brief for my purposes, but it’s more artful, too. Some of the poems are pretty good, none are really bad.

Grad students with too little art in their lives, perhaps. Go vote and encourage them to communicate better, with poetry, even.

Here’s a piece of social science research I’d like to read:

dixie chicks blacklist
krugman blames clear channel (jerks)
nope, it was rednecks

(“Elites, Masses, and Media Blacklists: The Dixie Chicks Controversy”)

Tip of the old scrub brush to Bug Girl.


7 Responses to Politics in haiku, poetry in research

  1. bob says:

    osama is not dead


  2. bob says:

    yeeehaaaawwwwww.this poem sucks


  3. grrrr.......... says:

    grrr there are no good poems on THIS SITE GRRRRR!


  4. jd2718 says:

    I think those guys are Harvard Lampoon alumni. No way to keep up (when you have time, do look at the link. They do this every month)

    Math limericks? We’re always looking for new project ideas. Making math limericks an option…. Maybe I will also suggest it to my school’s newspaper advisor.


  5. Ed Darrell says:

    Those are both very good, I think. Great idea.

    Maybe we should start a couple of other journals: The Journal of Improbable History, and The Journal of Improbable Education. We could get our own limericks.

    On a halfway serious note, having students write humorous limericks for history’s events would be a very good exercise, for students on the ball. I wonder whether it would work in biology, too.


  6. jd2718 says:

    You’ve seen Annals of Improbable Research? They usually want limericks. Mini Air January 2007.

    Here is the January winner:

    2007-01-08 Kidney Calculus Link Poet
    The judges have chosen a winner for last month’s Kidney Calculus Link Limerick Competition, which asked for a limerick to honor the following study:

    “Kidney Calculus Link?” A.G. Fazackerley, British Dental Journal, vol. 168, no. 10, May 19, 1990, p. 387.

    The winner is investigator Ed Childers, who wrote:
    A lim’rick’s self-writing, I think,
    For a fine kidney calculus link
    One thing that I’ve found:
    Rounded upwards or down,
    If it’s black then it’s not in the pink.

    And here is the latest from Limerick Laureate Martin Eiger:
    To be keeping your teeth and gums clean’ll —
    And brushing out food in between’ll —
    Diminish the tartar.
    And what could be smarter?
    The organs you save could be renal.


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