I’m submitting my PhD thesis and have to write the acknowledgements page. My supervisor was lousy and disinterested. Is there a poem that will express my disappointmentwithout making the examiners think I’m whiny and complaining?

P.S. my discipline is agricultural economics — Emily G.

When you bring poetry into another discipline, the results can be pretty unpredictable, and in your case I think you should be especially thoughtful and deliberate. I don’t know much about agricultural economics, but I think I found a poem for you (if it’s not appropriate, let me direct you to two books — Bill Knott’s The Unsubscriber and Jefferson Carter’s Sentimental Blue — that contain concise, witty, somewhat aphoristic poems that can be used as subtle little jabs to your supervisor). But the poem I suggest for you first is a funny… More…