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An Informal Engineering Thesis

An Informal Engineering Thesis

Optimum conditions necessary to catalyze mad scientific enquiry in the 21st Century

written by: Jordan Trethewey



by Peter Madsen,
future Danish Inventor and Submarine Killer


Early years — incubation period:

Fascist father and misunderstood mother
cannot be of same generation.
This assures pre-mature end to immature union
in offspring’s formative years.
No silly sports and normative friendships,
steady doses of authoritarian violence
combined with bonding over covalent obsessions—
rockets and maritime military might.


Structure of post-secondary training:

Remove oneself from Ivory Tower engineering expectations
pre-maturely after self-evaluation reveals sense of self-
importance and attitude amplitude high enough.
Go forth from nest with confidence of a believer!
A rare bird—phylum: Danish Inventrepreneur.
The real world is a workshop and lecture hall,
crowd-funded fascination is the new foundation
for forward momentum. Be your own professor
of aerospace and nautical aspirations.


Things obscured by opaque pressures of gravity:

In-depth empirical research must be conducted—
a few folks may serve as media-friendly control
on innocuous maiden plunge in newly-constructed Nautilus.
Equipment loaded: screwdriver, saw, hefty metal pipes for use
with premeditated experiment group of: one
attractive Swedish female freelance journalist
to document unhinged depravity on retina
in capsule surrounded by silent bone-breaking pressure.
Prepare to plumb grey matter depths.


Outcomes and conclusions:

It is difficult to carry dead weight
to the top of a homemade conning tower,
even exsanguinated. This is conclusive.
Beheading and dismembering can be self-taught,
a wealth of visceral knowledge available
for download into curious minds.
Sinking evidence not as effective as burning;
carbon-based organics in baggies eventually tell tales.
Blood remains in sunken vessels.
Revision is not a path of best defence—
one story is better than three
when faced with contradictory evidence.
Once answers are evident — be satisfied,
like Nemo, go down with the ship.


An Informal Engineering Thesis by Jordan Trethewey at
Peter Madsen and Kristian von Bengtson. Photo credit – Necessary Evil.
Jordan Trethewey

Jordan Trethewey

Jordan Trethewey is a writer and editor living in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He is also a husband, father (to two kids, a black cat, and a Sheltie) and beer-league softball player. Some of his poetry, fiction and non-fiction inhabits publications such as Visual Verse, Fishbowl Press, Red Fez, Anti-Heroin Chic, Sheila-Na-Gig Editions, Terror House Magazine, Califragile, Jerry Jazz Musician and Spillwords. Jordan is the current poet laureate for the city of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He is an editor at Red Fez, and openartsforum. His latest book, Spirits for Sale, is available on Amazon. His poetry has also been translated in Vietnamese and Farsi. To see more of his work go to his WordPress site - Selected Works of Jordan Trethewey.
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