'Universe's Worst Poem' Written By Gina Rinehart, Australia's Richest Woman

02/16/2012 12:30 pm ET | Updated Feb 16, 2012

Gina Rinehart is fabulously wealthy. What she may not be, however, is a gifted poet.

That is, if you agree with a recent story in the Telegraph, which includes some unflattering critiques of the Australian billionaire's poem "Our Future."

Professor Dennis Haskell, a creative writing lecturer at the University of Western Australia, told ABC Radio, "...if one of our creative writing students at UWA had presented it, he or she wouldn't have done very well."

Haskell also said of the mining magnate, "As a poet she's about as good as I am at mining."

Rinehart's work includes lines like, "Is our future threatened with massive debts run up by political hacks/Who dig themselves out by unleashing rampant tax."

The piece, which can be read in its entirety on the Telegraph's website, has been described by one Wikipedia user as, "the universe's worst poem, although many still dispute if it qualifies to be classified as poetry."

The poem might even be worse than the notoriously worthless Vogon poetry.

The poem is engraved on a plaque fixed to a 30-ton iron ore boulder in the billionaire’s home.

Rinehart, Australia's richest woman, probably has more pressing concerns than what some think of her writing.

According to The Daily Beast, Rinehart is currently in the midst a bitter battle with three of her children over control of a family trust.

But her family troubles aren't holding her back from penning poems or pursuing new business interests. She's also planning to purchase a big chunk of one of Australia's biggest media companies, according to the Beast.

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