As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been participating in a 30-day poetry challenge through the poetry group in Hangzhou. And always, in the back of my mind, is the mammoth thesis paper that I will be completing next spring. So far, I’ve done a fair amount of research, and am zeroing in on my direction/outline.
For a marriage of these two ideas, I present a recipe poem I wrote about what it takes to write a thesis. (All in good fun, naturally).
“How to Write a Thesis”
10-20 Academic articles
3 cups overconfidence
4 existential crises
1 bottle whiskey
First, take 10 Academic articles and mix in with 2 cups overconfidence. Pour them into your computer and let sit for several months.
Next, remove what should be a bony, flesh-less lump and stir. Do not add anything, but perhaps remove one article.
Wait one hour, and put said article back in.
Insert 1 existential crisis and stir.
Let sit for another month, before picking up the remaining 10 Academic articles. Add another existential crisis into the concoction, but do not add the Academic articles. Just hold them and insist that you will.
Make an omelette out of the two eggs to avoid looking at the rest. Let one more existential crisis fall into your omelette. Convince yourself that it’s “All part of the process.”
One week before the deadline, throw in all remaining Academic articles in no apparent order, mix in your final existential crisis, all while slamming your bottle of whiskey.
Heyyyyy thiss islooking prettygood
Sprinnkle in tha lasy cuppa ovrecofindence
Print tha betch
You did ittttt