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Down to Earth

Doug Machle


S – m – o – o – t – h
Without a bark or chirp of wheels
Without a wobble or puff of blue smoke
Our airbus bird settles down beneath the sea
In its shiphole Schipol
The black-spotted Frisians make no eye contact
Nor miss a munch biting their blades
In manicured meadow.
But wait!  Who took the terminal?
Where’s the city?
Our silver cash cow remembers
And her little windmills blow her slowly to the barn
Which religiously preserves
Solid earthbound horizontality
(We in Holland, sir, are most careful with our verticality-
A little goes a long way!)
She finds her stall next to the others
The tubes are hooked up and with
Some relief we are released
Again into the great milking machine –
Right on time.



-Doug Machle is the academic advisor for the Classic Department. He's an expert on Dutch windmills and likes his Jenevers young.


September 20 2008
Vol. XIII Issue 1

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Summer Reading Lists
What was the iSchool reading this summer?

Nancy Pearl:
Searching for Caleb, Cryptonomicon
Trent Hill: The Donut: A Canadian History, Tunesmith
Stuart Sutton: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
Mike Crandall: Annals of the Former World, I See a Voice
Joe Janes: The Man Who Made Lists
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Spring Fling 2008 photos
Emergency Librarians at Spring fling

All photos by Jill Hardy

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