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First Job

written by: John Grochalski


the girl
on her cell phone

takes down the information
for her first job interview

she sounds so excited and full of pep

when she hangs up the phone
she plays with her hair
in the window of the bus

gives herself a slight smile

still untouched by a work world

that in another twenty years
will render her no more alive

than a suicide.

John Grochalski

John Grochalski

John Grochalski is the author of the poetry collections, The Noose Doesn’t Get Any Looser After You Punch Out (Six Gallery Press 2008), Glass City (Low Ghost Press 2010), In The Year of Everything Dying (Camel Saloon 2012), Starting with the Last Name Grochalski (Coleridge Street Books 2014), and The Philosopher’s Ship (Alien Buddha Press 2018). He is also the author of the novels, The Librarian (Six Gallery Press 2013), and Wine Clerk (Six Gallery Press 2016). Grochalski currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, in the part that voted for Trump, so may God have mercy on his soul.
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