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