I wrote these poems inspired by Catullus and Martial as a freshman at Harvard. Their wit is mean-spirited but sharp, like the Roman originals, and the collection as a whole is meant to be taken light-heartedly. I apologize if anyone finds these vulgar or offensive; the poems are juvenile, but there’s something about them which makes me smile.
This school being Harvard, why do you still need this warning?
Turn your fucking music off at night and in the morning!
We’ve begged and we have pleaded, but our efforts are discarded.
You’re either quite forgetful or you’re either quite retarded.
NB I would never use this language now, and apologize for the offensiveness. It’s from 2001 and in the tradition of vulgar Latin epigrams which were very crude. I actually wrote this on the whiteboard outside my neighbors’ room, just as I wrote the subsequent poem outside the bathroom.
Jason is a sportsman boasting muscles taut with power
and recently has taken up cavorting in the shower.
I couldn’t help but notice that you recently smell clean,
But humping girls in common baths is dirty, low and mean.
We do not want, oh Hercules, to bathe ourselves in sperm,
So find another puddle when your pants begin to squirm.
With any luck you’ll meet a partner worthy of your class,
An inchworm longer than your dick who’ll crawl right up your ass.
You creep in rooms, dear Jonathan, and vanish into air,
but tragically, you lanky sneak, your stench proves that you’re there.
They say that you are part giraffe, but I say that it’s foolish,
for while they only sport black tongues, the whole of you is ghoulish.
I hear that you sport hairy legs, just one of many fibs.
Your legs are smooth, but not the slime that clings against your ribs.
Patrick hasn’t got a chin, but when it comes to farts
that fellow’s stench has all the power of a pygmy’s darts.
His new girlfriend, Evangeline, is always where he goes,
for while he hasn’t got a chin, she hasn’t got a nose.
Erica is fetching as she paints her luscious lips,
fetching as a dog with hairy jowls and giant hips.
Why spend so much time applying makeup to your face?
It’s all to no avail, since your buck teeth smell of mace.
You’re always late to section and your questions waste our time.
In my eyes you’re nothing more than pock marks greased with slime.
To the Dancing Woman at the Club
Dancing to the rhythm of the music is an art,
but not when you’re a floozy over sixty and a tart
whose partner is a pumpkin who can only move his back.
Your dancing isn’t dancing, but a rhythmic heart attack.