Preparing for the GRE

It was my plan to set aside this past week

to prepare for the Quantitative Graduate Record Exam.


A week ago this seemed like a big number

for ample review,

time set aside from more typical U.S. autumn events,

like electing a white male economic supremacist for President,

after having taken a 12 year break

from all those irrational remainders.


I have always thought math should be revolutionary,


resonantly resolving like rainbow harmonies of scale,

profoundly correlational with geometric truths

as algebraic beauty,

and I suppose it may be all those good things

yet this week math feels suspiciously snarky and sinister,

replete with far more ways to go wrong

than right.


So today I was thinking maybe I shouldn’t bother

with these mysterious Quantities of testing.

Although I did well forty years ago

and didn’t know any more or less

about mathematical machinations then

than now.


Or so I thought

until I actually opened up the GRE review section.

When did math become so monochromatically dull,

devoid of plot

and anything resembling metaphysical charisma?


Soon I found the verbal questions

much more edifying.


Well, OK, not really that,

but more entertaining than watching formulas dry

and principles march in relentless mind-numbing LeftBrain dominant lock-step.

It took years of ecotherapy to overcome

white male LeftBrain dominance

and now, so late in life,

discovering I don’t even miss it

any more or less than zero-sum WinLose economics.


But, I think I will visit the Quantitative section

day after tomorrow

Say goodbye to old friends

I’ve never had occasion to use

or abuse

due to relentless negative correlational neglect.


It might be fun

to see if I guess as well as I used to

when I was still young enough

to believe metric right or wrong could possibly matter.


Now I know it’s just not true

except for statistical analysis,

which is at least as much about

the politics of subjective Electoral College economics,

as objective rules of fair and accurately cooperative procedures,

verified as reified by all.


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