It won’t be long, mon cher Pierre, before I’m gone,
out of here, given up my hard-won Chair,
left this tilting field of play for another one
– not sure quite where.
You’ve no idea Monsieur Bourdieu, what
it’s like these days in academia. We’re
restructured, ranked, assessed, can’t tell
our capital from our habitus!
No doubt you’d be waxing lyrical on
technological capital. But you try defining
in a tweet!
I’ve played the game for years Pierre and now
I’m not ashamed to say I’d rather check my mail
over lazy cappuccinos in Clifton’s beating
Oui mon cher Pierre, I’m off to swim
elsewhere, in seas where buoyancy
comes naturally and I don’t feel
the water’s weight.
P.O.D Kate Thomas 2015