By Camille Liptak
Parley, PPCC’s own student-led literary journal, will release this year’s publication on Thursday, May 3 from 11:00 am-1:00 p.m. in the Atrium at Centennial Campus.
The event will celebrate the published authors and designers with readings, meet-and-greets, book giveaways, and a slideshow.
Refreshments and light snacks will be served.
To mark the end of the academic year, enjoy this poem on “adulting” from one of Parley’s featured student poets.
I have a great old house.
I have a great, loving spouse.
I have a job with a 401K.
I have a job! Hip hip hooray!
I have a college degree.
I have kids: one, two, three.
I have depression and ADD.
I also have anxiety.
I have what is known as “crippling debt.”
I have no nest egg or safety net.
Look at my picket-fence life.
What is up with all this strife?
I do not feel grown up.
Will anyone else own up?
Are you all faking it, too?
It is hard to have a positive view.
I have lots of doubt and fear.
I have no clue how to get in gear.
I am behind all of my peers.
I wish my parents were here.
I have action figures and comics galore
I have felt sneers, derision, contempt, and more
I have to be perfect, I must!
Though I know it is unjust
Yet I am consumed by wanderlust
The possibilities were so grand
“Real life” has crashed me back to land
Mortgages do not adults make
What can I do? What will it take?
–Suzanne Seyfi, 2018