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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

UA poet lands 'Dumpster Honey' in the New Yorker

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 9:13 AM

click to enlarge SWEET: Davis McComb's bee poem makes New Yorker.
  • SWEET: Davis McComb's bee poem makes New Yorker.
Since I've occasionally criticized the University of Arkansas for putting more emphasis on its administrative payroll, football and paying fields such as business rather than poets and philosophers, it seems only fair to note that the UA news bureau has issued a news release bragging that English faculty member Davis McCombs had a poem published in the New Yorker.

McCombs, a member of the nationally ranked creative writing program in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, said he got the idea for the poem, “Dumpster Honey,” after a colony of bees set up a hive on an outer wall of the building where his office is located.

“Some of us noticed that the bees were quite territorial about the dumpster by the loading dock at Kimpel Hall and would fly at you if you walked past,” McCombs said. “My colleague John DuVal said, ‘I’ve heard of apple blossom honey, but never of dumpster honey.’ Well, I loved that phrase, and over the next couple of weeks, I wrote the poem with that title.”

Another creative writing colleague, Michael Heffernan, suggested that McCombs submit the poem to The New Yorker.

“We welcome this opportunity to enhance the reputation of the University of Arkansas in this venue,” said Dorothy Stephens, chair of the Department of English. “The faculty and I are proud to have one of our own appear in such a prominent and prestigious publication.”

Oh, and if you didn't know, the UA explains for those who might only follow Hogs Illustrated and Field and Stream:

The New Yorker is a weekly magazine offering a signature mix of reporting and commentary on politics, international affairs, popular culture and the arts, science and technology, and business, along with fiction, poetry, humor and cartoons. The magazine is available in print at newsstands and by subscription. Each week’s issue is also published in an app for tablets and smartphones.

You can read the poem — or hear McCombs read it — at this link. It's vivid imagery, with everything from nontoxic food supplements to a "We're No. 1" foam finger to a dirty diaper.

The news naturally reminds me of another bit of (bumble) bee poesy — "won't my mommy be so proud of me?"

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