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Ooh! Ooh! I Know!

by Chris Cook
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Ooh! Ooh! I Know! by Chris Cook

The teacher called on Jonathan—
I had my hand up first.
He couldn’t even answer “What’s
the opposite of worst?”

My arm is getting sore ‘cause, like,
I’ve kept it up so long,
and yet she called on Bethany,
who got the next one wrong.

Oh please! This stuff’s so easy! Betcha
I could teach this class
(and Kyle, “The Stinker,” should have known
that methane is a gas).

Hello! You might try picking me.
It’s just a small suggestion.
“Uh, yes ma’am?…Me?…Oh gosh—I guess
I didn’t hear the question.”

  — Chris Cook

Copyright © 2006. All Rights Reserved. From My Teacher's in Detention: Kids' Favorite Funny School Poems. Running Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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From My Teacher's in Detention: Kids' Favorite Funny School Poems

This book delivers hilarious poems about school that cover everything from homework and tests to detention and school lunches. Well-known poets Bruce Lansky, Kenn Nesbitt, and Robert Pottle—plus many more great Giggle Poets—wrote these gems.

My Teacher’s In Detention contains 50 hilarious poems about school that cover everything from homework and tests to detention and gross-out school lunches. The book contains poems by well-known poets, including Bruce Lansky, Kenn Nesbitt, Robert Pottle, and more great “giggle poets.”

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About the Author

Chris Cook is Spokane’s current Poet Laureate. His first collection of poetry, The View from the Broken Mic, was published in 2012 (Gray Dog Press). Additional work has been published by Sage Hill Press, Scablands Books, and The Spokesman-Review. His children’s poetry has been published by Little, Brown Books, Meadowbrook Press, and Scholastic Press. His latest collection, Damn Good Cookie, was released in 2016 by Korrektiv Press.

Chris competed in the 2013 and 2014 National Poetry Slam, and was the winner of the Limerick Slam at the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam. He’s also the host of 3 Minute Mic, Auntie’s Bookstore’s poetry open mic, and he co-hosts Broken Mic, Spokane’s longest-running poetry open mic.

When not writing, Chris plays trumpet in the Spokane Symphony and teaches music at Gonzaga University. He has toured the U.S. and Europe as a professional yo-yo demonstrator, and was once a nationally ranked foosball player.

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