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There you are with your BA (Hons) in English Literature,

5 years of studying poetry and prose.

Yes, you’re a real academic, all those years

in lectures and seminars. Got you a decent career

and a real nice income. Not like me

who did it the other way. Taught myself

to write, been published many times.

See what you think of my poems and my book.

Your critisism was fair, I can take it.

See it as positive as it’s all part of the process on my path.

You said my murderer poem reads like a newspaper report.

See what you think of my war poem or my ultimate love poem.

Has your stint in academia taken away your emotions,

have you become an academic text book?

Are your emotions for Round Two?




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◄ Eclipsing Karin’s Fracture



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nick armbrister

Tue 10th Dec 2013 20:15

this poem was written about 2003, things were a bit better than. I know myself a few ppl with varied degrees, not worth the paper theyre written on. quite bad considering the study and effort time. nevermind no jobs now. they agree on the number of jobs are less now.

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John F Keane

Tue 10th Dec 2013 16:28

Nowadays, even people with degrees in demanding subjects are struggling to find jobs:

Angeline Scorgie, 21, biological sciences

'After graduating, Angeline did some temp work with an insurer but since then has been looking for work. She is now back living with her parents in south-west London. "I have struggled with the fact that a university degree doesn't mean anything anymore," she says.'

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John F Keane

Tue 10th Dec 2013 16:21

Since when did liberal arts/humanities degrees secure high incomes?

In fact, since when did they secure jobs?

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Andy N

Tue 10th Dec 2013 12:48

i'm university educated actually, Nick. have been among it to a degree. hated it.

can't blame you for writing what you wrote here. too much snobbery in it.

good piece however.

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nick armbrister

Sun 8th Dec 2013 13:22

they can stick to their own little prissy worlds and clicks if you ask me. I do what I want, write what I want and this is an example lol. they live on a different planet.

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