By William J. Joel
He didn’t have the right last name;
too many letters for the average spine
and far too many consonants.
And though he’s written several books,
it’s hard to find them in the store;
the place his name holds in
the alphabet means all his books
are destined for the lower shelves,
too far below for casual eyes,
or those of us with knees that ache.
And that is why he teaches freshman classes
how to differentiate between
the use of “then” and “than”,
and other follies scribbled quick
on loose-leaf pages ripped along their coil.