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November 22, 2011

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

by Brendan

Here is the text of Dick Watts’ poem,  “God To St. Peter, On Learning Of the Death of Dr. Seuss”:

I wish I’d thought to make a Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz

The best I could come up with was the giraffe.

Be sure to let him in before the bishop;

He made me laugh.

(originally published in The Christian Century)


I’ve used this from time to time in my Technical Communication class, for an assignment called Poem Revision (aka, as a student put it, “the poetry destruction assignment”).  The idea is to take a poem and revise it into formal, technical prose — since Tech Writing is the opposite of poetry, it’s a useful exercise.

So I make it a memo, FROM: God TO: St. Peter RE: Dr. Seuss.  And so forth.

The Dead Runners Society celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday every year.  I’m proud and pleased to belong to such a group.


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