Robert Frost (left) and Truman Capote‘Firing Truman Capote on a Snowy Evening’ by Con Chapman The Society January 27, 2018 Culture, Humor, Poetry 9 Comments Truman Capote was fired from his job as a copy boy for The New Yorker after he angered Robert Frost. Whose kid this is, I do not know, He seems to have a job here, though. He’s irritating, and quite fey, If they ask me, he’s got to go. He putters about the place all day, and never runs out of things to say. He wants to write—give me a break! I truly wish he’d go away. He gives his little head a shake When he points out my rare mistake, I glare at him, the little creep, A budding novelist, on the make. The New Yorker’s a place where one can sleep for years on end, not earning his keep, but I’m stuck with this little (bleep). It’s quite enough to make one weep. Con Chapman is a Boston-area writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald, among other print publications. He is the author of “poetry is kind of important,” a book of humor about poetry, and “The Girl With the Cullender on Her Head,” a collection of light verse. He is currently writing a biography of Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington’s alto sax player, for Oxford University Press. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 9 Responses Bruce Wren January 27, 2018 Hilarious! And very well written: congrats to the poet. Reply Joe Tessitore January 27, 2018 Well done! Surprised you didn’t double up on the last line! Reply Fr. Richard Libby January 27, 2018 It’s laugh-out-loud funny! Well done! Reply James Ph. Kotsybar January 27, 2018 Wonderful and educational. I never knew about Capote’s Frosty reception. Reply Amy Foreman January 27, 2018 Very funny and well-done! Reply David Watt January 27, 2018 A witty and most enjoyable piece! Reply Leo Yankevich January 27, 2018 Enjoyed. Reply Con Chapman January 29, 2018 Thanks all. I think I come down on Frost’s side. Reply James Sale January 31, 2018 Ha ha ha!!! Sweet – love it. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.