Friday, March 07, 2008

Workshop Statements of Faith: The Anecdote of the Ape

James Tate
Teaching the Ape to Write Poems

They didn’t have much trouble
teaching the ape to write poems:
first they strapped him into the chair,
then tied the pencil around his hand
(the paper had already been nailed down).
Then Dr. Bluespire leaned over his shoulder
and whispered into his ear:
“You look like a god sitting there.
Why don't you try writing something?”


At 3/07/2008 8:06 AM, Blogger Steven D. Schroeder said...

"You Look Like a God Sitting There" is a title in my second manuscript project...

At 3/09/2008 5:48 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

Tate makes me cranky.

At 3/09/2008 7:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't that a chimp--rather than an ape--in your illustration?


At 3/09/2008 9:06 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...


As well, the monkey is typing, rather than writing with a pen, but it's such a fun picture I felt I just had to use it.

At 3/09/2008 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So now you are saying it is a "monkey," rather than a "chimp" or an "ape"?

Really, John. You must define your terms. The pelicans are circling, the furniture music has reached its highest pitch. What if all the hominids came home one night, at the same time, and you couldn't tell them apart? What would you do then?


At 3/09/2008 11:29 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Order more pizza?


At 3/09/2008 12:25 PM, Blogger Steven D. Schroeder said...

Dude, chimps are apes.

At 3/09/2008 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stephen, you are missing the point. These are writing workshops we are talking about,
not interstellar dust.



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