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The Well Read Poem

Dec 26, 2022

In this tenth season of The Well Read Poem podcast, we are reading six poems about the blessings and curses of labor. Work is a thing we both enjoy and dislike, and some professions are easier for poets to draw inspiration from than others. These poems come from different ages of literary history, and hopefully will leave the reader with a sense of what work has meant to different minds over the course of the centuries. Today's selection is "The British Journalist" by Humbert Wolfe; poem begins at timestamp 2:50.

The British Journalist

by Humbert Wolfe

You cannot hope
to bribe or twist
(thank God!)
the British journalist.

But, seeing what
the man will do
unbribed, there’s
no occasion to.