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video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 3/4/17 poetry show “Exploring Spring” at “Spring Awakenings” in Austin reading her poems “Spring”, “Entering the War Room”, “Job that Only Paid the Bills”, “Killing the Survivor Bug”, “Springtime”, and “Original Snowbirds” with video for the music, &s accompanying bird sounds (filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX700 camera).
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 3/4/17 poetry show “Exploring Spring” at “Spring Awakenings” in Austin reading her poems “Spring”, “Entering the War Room”, “Job that Only Paid the Bills”, “Killing the Survivor Bug”, “Springtime”, and “Original Snowbirds” with video for the music, &s accompanying bird sounds (filmed from a Canon Power Shot CS60 camera).
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Exploring Spring
of her poems “Spring”, “Entering the War Room”, “Job that Only Paid the Bills”, “Killing the Survivor Bug”, “Springtime”, and “Original Snowbirds” performed in her 3/4/17 show.
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See YouTube video from 3/18/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Y Chromosome Missing” and “Job that Only Paid the Bills” @ Austin’s Recycled Reads 3/18/17 (this video was filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX700 camera).
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See YouTube video from 3/18/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Y Chromosome Missing” and “Job that Only Paid the Bills” @ Austin’s Recycled Reads (this video was filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX60 camera).
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See YouTube video from 12/14/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Every Soul Celebrates”, “Entering the War Room”, and “Job that Only Paid the Bills” from her book “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems” @ “the Hole in the Wall” in Austin for AIPF’s pre-party reading (Lumix 2500 camera).
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See YouTube video from 12/14/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Every Soul Celebrates”, “Entering the War Room”, and “Job that Only Paid the Bills” from her book “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems” @ “the Hole in the Wall” in Austin for AIPF’s pre-party reading (Lumix T56 camera).

Job that Only Paid the Bills

Janet Kuypers
2/12/17

I told my boyfriend
on one spring day

that I was quitting my job.
This art director, supervised

maybe eight people, designed
two magazines — this was a big thing,

me quitting my well-paying job
that only paid the bills,

and didn’t make me happy.
And when the big day came,

I opened the windows to my
32nd storey corner office

and I asked my supervisor
to come into my office.

The wind whistled through the Loop
on these downtown streets —

it was always a breathtaking view,
seeing skyscrapers in the spring.

But my supervisor sat down at my desk,
and before I could break the news

there was a knock on my door.
When I said to come in,

the secretary walked in
with a dozen roses in a vase

as a delivery to me.
I said thank you, and as she

closed the door I looked
at my supervisor, but looking

at the roses, he already knew
the news. I didn’t know

I’d get roses, and it kind of
blew my chance to say I quit,

but it was kind of cool
to get roses on a spring day

for putting in my two-week notice.
At the time, I couldn’t think

of a better reason to get roses,
it was like icing on my liberation cake.


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