subito press

university of colorado boulder

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Dear Professor, Do You Live in a Vacuum

by Nin Andrews

published 2008 | Poetry
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Dear Professor Do You Live in a Vacuum
Excerpt:

Dear Professor,

Dr. Z is a lot kinder than you with his extra credits. He said we could improve our grades as much as 10% by doing extra projects. I did three so he raised my grade 30%. You said extra credit was worth 5%, and I did loads of extra credit problems and they still only counted for 5% of my grade. What good is 5%? That's like giving someone a single sock when she has no clothes.

Reviews and Interviews

"I was amazed when Nin Andrews first wrote to me with this collection of remarkable gems, collected from real student notes to a real professor, and formatted as poetry. I urged her to publish the collection so that more people could enjoy them. And enjoy them you will. They could not be more illuminating, or amusing, if one had tried to invent them oneself. There is not a single note that isn't worth preserving, and I expect I will borrow from this collection frequently! A great little book to glance at when you need a lift when pondering about the state of modern education."

-Lawrence M. Krauss, Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Director of the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics, CWRU, and author of Fear of Physics, The Physics of Star Trek, Quintessence, Atom, and Hiding in the Mirror

About the Author:

Nin Andrews's poems and stories have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, including Ploughshares, The Paris Review, Best American Poetry (1997, 2001, 2003), and Great American Prose Poems. She won an individual artist grant from the Ohio Arts Council in 1997 and again in 2003. She is the author of several books, including Spontaneous Breasts, winner of the Pearl Chapbook Contest; Any Kind of Excuse, winner of theKent State University chapbook contest;The Book of Orgasms, published by Cleveland State University Press; The Book of Orgasms and Other Tales, published in England by Bloodaxe Books and currently being translated into Turkish; and Why They Grow Wings, published by Silverfish Press and winner of the Gerald Cable Award. She is also the editor of a book of translations of the French poet Henri Michaux entitled Someone Wants to Steal My Name, published by Cleveland State University Press. Her book, Midlife Crisis with Dick and Jane, is newly published from Web del Sol and her book Sleeping with Houdini is newly published by BOA Editions. Her book Southern Comfort is forthcoming from CavanKerry Press.