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When the Evening News Becomes Personal Reality

Let me tell you, it's not what you know.
I work hard, but I've reached a plateau.
I've a dozen degrees,
Which astounds the trustees--
Would you like that for here or to go?

In recent months, a vast amount of recession poetry has begun to appear on the Internet.  This post will concentrate on limericks and haiku--I feel that the space and format limitations that these impose give a pithy and succinct immediacy.

NPR's insightful and wide-ranging Planet Money blog recently issued a Haiku Challenge; this slideshow gives a dozen of the best responses.  For instance:  "How much are apples? / Don't recall caring before. / Little things add up."

The New York Times Freakonomics blog got a large and literate response to their "There Once Was a Fund Guy Named Bernie..." limerick challenge.

Let's conclude with the staid and venerable Auntie Beeb.  The BBC's selections, in various forms and lengths, provide an overseas perspective. 

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