Poetic License

mark your calendars
it’s the unofficial start
of holiday hors d’oeuvres

on friday dec. 7
at the doghouse
meet your friends and colleagues
for conviviality, if not kvetching

you can
count on our hosts,
the business and treasurer’s office,
to add a full measure of hospitality;
the almost-over fall
semester will do the rest

everyone will be there
let’s hope you will be too
starting at 3 p.m.
and ending, not exactly, at 5

anne dutlinger (carrying on the hard
job of planning parties)
for clarke chapman

and while you’re marking:

feb. 1
is the first friday get-together
for 2002
to be hosted by student affairs

P.S. Dutlinger also has issued an invitation to “a short talk (with lots of pictures)” by Zdenek Primus, curator, collector, and historian from the Czech Republic, at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, December 6, in the graphic design lab, Room 7, Hurd Campus. It’s titled “Mess Is Lore.” (All of us with desks can relate to that.) Primus focuses on the common interests of poets, designers, and painters who have shaped 20th-century design.

Editor’s Note: Anne Dutlinger allowed us to reprint her invitation to the December Doghouse get-together only upon condition that we add her disclaimer that it’s not a “real” poem. She says she goes with the lower-case approach for practical reasons: “it’s just that my typing skills are less than adequate/and making capital letters takes sooooo much longer to do/so for e-mail i just don’t.” Not unlike archy when he wrote about mehitabel, and look where it got them.

N.B. The drawing reproduced here is one of George Herriman's original illustrations for the first edition (1916) of archy + mehitabel by Don Marquis.

December 4, 2001

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