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a series for the class of 2010

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i. post-grad

recently shorn from our
in loco parentis
we wonder
will we ever be cradled again?
can we at least be salvaged
for usable parts?

ii. basics of survival

my sustenance comes
mainly from a greasy and buzzing black box of late
not of my own volition:
i am a trained pavlovian
salivating for microwave mashed potatoes
at the sound of the bell

iii. we were promised

grandeur
astronaut, lawyer
odyssey years
grandeur
jobs, hot food
accessible health care, rewards for intellect
grandeur
fantasy that was
a subset of reality
grandeur

iv. weaning off

i’ve been hearing that phrase
a lot lately
is it that bad to go it
cold turkey?
withdrawal symptoms
are a real bitch
so i let go slow
breaking pills into halves
and halves of halves
because i’m not sure when the insurance will kick in
and honestly taking two days off of this
shit
feels like the world is giving everything it’s got
to crash on me from the outside
creeping to the center
for a brief moment i realize
this is the only thing i’ve done in the last few weeks
to prepare for the future

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This is a great idea. Have you thought about expanding it into a longer work?

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Sitting here, drinking coffee, listening to Arvo Parts’ Fratres, and now this timely piece of yours, to hell with dishes, I was promised grandeur

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...and i'm threatened with a short story on the "baby boomer debacle." Sigh...
This is excellent work. Is the new generation defined by what it was promised, as opposed to what it has earned? Don't pay attention to the old guy. Hehe...

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thanks for the comments. i like to keep series like this sort of short, so unless inspiration strikes i'll probably keep it at that. the inspiration essentially is that i just graduated and my B.A. in philosophy/theater from a top college, after...

thanks for the comments. i like to keep series like this sort of short, so unless inspiration strikes i'll probably keep it at that. the inspiration essentially is that i just graduated and my B.A. in philosophy/theater from a top college, after three weeks of unemployment, has now landed me a job at... a burger joint.

generation y is seeming sort of useless at the moment.

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