MIT Faculty Newsletter  
Vol. XX No. 2
November / December 2007
A Beacon Beyond Our Borders
M.I.T.'s Real Assets
A Call for Nominations
Disagreements and Community Building
Should MIT Increase the Size of the Faculty?
Avoiding a Rush to Judgement:
Implications of the Star Simpson Affair
The purpose of faculty meetings?
Not the Way to Treat Family
The MIT Energy Initiative: One Year Later
Faculty Renewal
Can't Stop Laughing
Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill: Understanding the U.S. News Rankings
Faculty Quality of Life
A White Paper on How MIT Should Think About Institutional International Exchanges
The MIT Office of Admissions:
Choosing the Best Candidates
and Handling Them With Care
A Meeting with Disaster: Planning for Emergencies and Extended Outages
The Pitfalls of Digital Rights Management
Student Global Experiences
(IROP and Survey Results)
Student Global Experiences
(MISTI Participation)
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MIT Poetry

Can't Stop Laughing

Anne M. Hudson

At first, I ascended next to Troilus
in the seventh sphere
looking down on our planet
with its great Wheel of Fortune
churning and crashing,
having my cosmic belly laugh. 
O Fortuna!  How you rise and fall! 

Next, I reconstructed my descent
into the deepest pit,
the one you’re not supposed to climb out of.
There was more than one pit.

Now that I’m up from the pits
with my feet on the ground,
I can’t stop laughing. 
I was supposed to fall,
and I fell. 
Rather, I was supposed to vanish,
but I’ve reappeared. 
I’ve reappeared,
and I can’t stop laughing.


Anne M. Hudson has worked at MIT since 1985, first in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and since 1998 in the Department of Chemistry.  In 2005, she received the MIT Excellence Award for her contribution to Artists Behind the Desk.  Her poetry has been featured in print and online in such publications as Wavelength, Poetry Repair Shop and 3rd Muse Poetry Journal, where this poem first appeared.  She is also cofounder and editor-in-chief of Facets (, an online magazine that has published original poetry and prose since 2001.

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