Another new poem: Etiquette for Job Seekers

The new poems are still coming. Here’s another, inspired by some of the vastly sage professional advice and self-help tips I’ve heard.

Etiquette for Job Seekers

Do not cross your legs or hang them open.

The Deciders are great believers in the angles

a sentence makes, in the knowledge

measurable in degrees.


Do not ask questions.

They must believe you know everything

— yes, even where the bathroom is.


Do not slouch your shoulders and twist your fingers so.

They’ll think you’re hiding something

in the dimensions dancing inside the spacetime

between your palms, behind your chest.


Do not expect them to know

they don’t know you.