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Application 1
Key attributes sought: reliable and hard-working
capable of thinking quickly and adapting to change
able to meet tight deadlines.
The closing date is 31 October
the letter arrives, February at its head
thank you
Best wishes for the festive season.

Application 2
The successful candidate will be the interface
between our organisation and the public.
Essential qualities include attention to detail
and ability to create favourable impression.
The signature to the advertisement
takes prospective employees on a tour
a man of indeterminate age and philosophy
chummy and talkative
he stands comfortably too close
the breath packaging his words, sour and curdled.

Application 3
A fast paced workplace
requires a team player
to oversee nine teaching laboratories
frequently operating simultaneously.
Good timekeeping imperative.
The interview begins 25 minutes late.
No apology or explanation is offered.

Application 4
We seek
a motivated conscientious self-starter
to develop and manage professional
and empathetic relationships with customers.
Implementation of industry best standards.
Compliance with all agreed quality standards.
Documents are returned
imprinted with coffee cup halo.



Most of my life has been spent on the bench, occasionally called into the game by extravagance or attenuation. Waiting has turned a loner into a recorder - nondescript and inconsequential, more not noticed than overlooked - the non-vantage point of children not yet considered old enough to understand. Orphaned Islands (Un)poetry is a lifetime of picking anecdotes up and not throwing them away. Stories collected like odds and ends placed in a box in the basement, the garage, the garden shed - uncertain as to what their use might be but knowing that one day there might be one.

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