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QE poetry competition announced

Giles has a quite brilliant poem about Quantitative Easing and continued constraints on lending.   This is quite a feat.  Go read it.

Here’s is my paltry effort.

There’s this bloke who runs England’s Bank.
He saw the economy starting to tank.
So he doled out more dosh
To those already awash.
And they used it to maintain their rank.

Competition closes mindnight tonight.  Prizes to be decided by me.  Giles’s will be hard to beat, mind.

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  1. Mil
    February 8, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Here’s a series of haikus (my favourite form of poem, basically because it’s about as short as you can get and therefore requires little effort on my part):

    People who banked and
    trusted bankers who eased were
    too easily pleased.

    People who filled socks
    with soggy old banknotes were
    cleverer by far

    than the trusting mass
    which believed the words and ads
    of cruel salesbeings.

    Time to return to
    other moralities of
    another planet.

    An economy
    at the service of people;
    not people at the

    beck and unkind call
    of an economy which
    knows only money.

  2. February 8, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    This is exactly the sort of thing that was bound to ruin my evening. Or rather, to make my evening, for I love nerdish humour and I don’t care who knows it. here’s a limerick:

    The Old Lady was most displeased
    That credit was painfully squeezed
    She made billions from nought
    And yet I must report
    My own bank balance is uneased

    And I’ve had a stab at a much longer poem here. First verse:

    Mervyn King was in his counting house, counting out our money;
    It didn’t take him very long, a fact he deemed most funny.
    “To return our stagnant nation to a land of milk and honey,
    I must make things more liquid – or at least, a bit more runny.”

  3. CS Clark
    February 8, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    This isn’t very good either, and probably economically illiterate. But it is an authentic villanelle.

    For he’s given our money away
    If not in coins then just in ink
    And he’s saved the economy

    He gave someone’s money away
    Whose money it was I can’t quite think
    But it worked – hip hip hooray!

    He didn’t give my money away
    From helping the nation I wouldn’t shrink
    But I was already in debt anyway

    Did he give your money away?
    Did he take it with a smile and a wink?
    Did it come off your cheque on pay day?

    What? He gave their money away?
    Then why did they call him a cad and a fink
    When they’re richer by far today?

    So, he gave some money away
    And we’re in the red and they’re in the pink
    And how that worked no-one can say
    And I think we’ve been f’ed in the a.

  4. February 11, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Hey, you and Giles got mentioned in the FT blo:

    http://blogs.ft.com/ft-dot-comment/2010/02/11/poems-for-our-time/

  5. freethinkingeconomist
    February 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Shall we agree that Tom Freeman won?

    Either a copy of my QE piece, or a guided tour of Bickerstaffe, in Lancs, for the lucky winner…

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