Documentary Poetry: 2010

The next generation has never heard of Friendster.

Consequently, the next generation does not
get your jokes.

The next generation has brighter shoes than you,
and the next generation has a softer face than you (acceptable), but the next generation’s hair really does
just dry that way.

The next generation is being prescribed different mood-altering drugs.
The next generation is being diagnosed with similar mood-altering diseases (new letters).
The next generation wants to share their opinions on the world
vis-à-vis music
by way of this bathroom stall chalkboard wall.

The next generation is fully familiar with high fructose corn syrup and soybean subsidies
The next generation has never used a tanning booth
The next generation has always been on birth control
The next generation is sensitive to the plight of the diminishing honey bee, the
next generation says “like” far too often, the next generation is unfamiliar
with the Seattle sound, the next generation
is pretty independent, so.

The next generation would like cheaper gas.
The next generation is open to your religion.
The next generation is sexting you now.

The next generation is dreaming of farm shares, the next generation takes good care of their dogs,
the next generation thinks that’s art? The next generation is
post-blog post-FTP post-artificial-intelligence post-Ikea post-sarcasm pre-next-amazing-thing

The next generation doesn’t know what to do with their lives, the next generation
is cool with that, the next generation is shrugging this worldly economy,
like enlightened Atlases,
sweetly off their shoulders
the next generation wouldn’t mind a fulfilling job

the next generation is buying organic salmon with their food stamps
and inviting you to their potlucks

the next generation is keenly aware of their unoriginality
the next generation is becoming disenchanted with fame

The next generation
just
wants
to know

How to Write a Decent Cover Letter:

How, in our inbox flash floods of words, doc after attached doc after attached doc
to have one’s name remembered, for a time?

(And the next generation is never growing old)

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