Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The "new math" of poetry

The number of Crayola crayon colors grows at an average rate of 2.56% annually (click on graph, above). Does anybody object? Do people say that there are too many art classes?

No! But there are always people who complain that too many poems are being written.

Now, I know from my own experience that there is considerable wastage of crayons: they break, get worn down to a nub, are easily misplaced, pile up in boxes... and by the time one reaches adulthood they simply disappear. But a decent poem will outlast even the best crayon.

1 comment:

Linda Heck said...

"Old crayons are new again!"

My 10-year-old just got one of these. I'm imagining the analogue for old poems.