Youth Culture   /   Spring 2009   /    Poem

Immature Song

“And you my poem, you are like / An adolescent.”

Robert Pinsky

I have heard that adolescence is a recent invention,
A by-product of progress, one of Capitalism’s

Suspended transitions between one state and another,
Like refugee camps, internment camps, like the Fields

Of Concentration in a campus catalogue. Summer
Camps for teenagers. When I was quite young

My miscomprehension was that “Concentration Camp”
Meant where the scorned were admonished to concentrate,

Humiliated: forbidden to let the mind wander away.

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