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A post-structuralist lay dying
(Son membre à la main),
Which he said, “I’ll die a happy death
Because I understand.
I understand how things are shown
(For instance, mis en scène),
Which I deconstruct constructions there
Constructed on the screen.
I‘ve toured and taught and lectured
(They all say I’m quite a talker),
Which I’ve dealt with everything
From Avatar to Riddley Walker*.
But invite no ackers** to my wake
(They always criticize me),
Which my corpse should lie face downwards
So my friends will recognize me”.
** Full-time members of the academic community free to enjoy all the benefits of tenure.