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By Oelania P, Brooklyn, NY

The Book of General Ignorance

There are 4 kinds of people, intellectually speaking.
There are the people who know that they know things,
and the people who know that there are things they don’t know,
and the people who don’t know how many things they know,
and then there are the people who don’t know that they don’t know anything about anything.

And The Book of General Ignorance
swears it’s for the people who realize how very little they know about the world, and want to know more.
So I read it.

I learned that chop suey isn’t really Chinese,
and that bagpipes aren’t really Scottish,
and that there are actually only 46 American states,


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41 comment(s)
Gagax
BEST THING I EVER READ LOVE THIS POEM U GOT TALENT ITS FUNNY OMG I WANT TO GIVE U AN AWARD AND SO MANY HUGS THIS IS AWESOMEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! imma read this book
Aug. 08, 2016 at 3:36 PM • Report
adventuregirl24331
i love it. great piece of work. best part you had fun writing it. right?
Jul. 27, 2016 at 10:58 AM • Report
E.Inis
Absolutely fantastic piece! Well done.
May. 08, 2016 at 8:49 PM • Report
kate.marie
dude this is wonderful; really made me think ...
Mar. 11, 2016 at 9:53 PM • Report
LittleInker
Feb. 05, 2016 at 8:06 PM • Report
BreeZephyr
By the way, why the heck is this not in the magazine???
Jan. 03, 2016 at 5:41 PM • Report
graphiteshimmer
what you said.
Aug. 08, 2016 at 9:28 PM • Report
BreeZephyr
Two quotes for you: "True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing." and "I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think." Both quotes are from Socrates, and this poem reminded me of him. He was a genius. So are you. Amazing job on this.
Jan. 03, 2016 at 5:41 PM • Report
Joz3ph_4
I am one of those people who wanted to take the time to tell you how I thought of this. And the way you capture the energy you wanted to express by making me read without knowing what to expect is marvelous. I enjoyed your work and I hope you can do more with your talent.
Nov. 03, 2015 at 8:41 PM • Report
Infralalenshka
Je t'aime. I struggled with that dilemma. Thank you so much for writing this. I'm in tears.
Nov. 01, 2015 at 9:03 PM • Report
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