Emily Applies for a Job

ED cartoonThe Book Stop Book Shop

Employment Application 


Name: I’m nobody! Who are you?        

Address: 280 Main Street

City: Amherst                        State: MA                  Zip: 01002

Phone: We never know how high we are / Till we are called to rise

Email: Eccentric.Recluse@gmail.com



Are you applying for full-time or part-time hours?

They say that “time assuages”, —

Time never did assuage;

An actual suffering strengthens,

As sinews do with age.

Time is a test of trouble,

But not a remedy.

If such it prove, it prove too

There was no malady.


Are you applying for on-going, holiday, or temporary work?

Past midnight, past the morning star!

Past sunrise! Ah!


Are you willing to work evenings?

Wild nights! Wild nights!

Were I with thee,

Wild nights should be

Our luxury!


Are you willing to work weekends?

Each feels longer than the day


Do you have any scheduling restrictions? Yes: — No:

If yes, what are the scheduling restrictions?

The hour of evening is sad—

it was once my study hour


When would be be available to work?

To gad my little Being out —

And not begin — again


Please underline your areas of interest: counter sales, accounting, shipping and receiving, computers, physical operations, coffee shop, or other:

I like a look of agony


How did you hear about The Book Stop Book Shop as a possible employer?

A Secret told—

Ceases to be a Secret—then—

A Secret—kept—

That—can appal but One—


Better of it—continual be afraid—

Than it—

And Whom you told it to—beside—


Have you ever been convicted of a felony? Yes: — No:

If yes, please explain:

I died for beauty, but was scarce

Adjusted in the tomb,

When one who died for truth was lain

In an adjoining room.


Please summarize special job-related skills and qualifications acquired from studies, employment or other experience.

I heard a fly buzz when I died


What specific experience of training do you have working with computers?

 This is my letter to the world,

That never wrote to me —

The simple news that Nature told,

With tender majesty


Please list your five strongest areas of expertise:

  1. If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vein

  2. Tell all the truth but tell it slant

  3. Afraid? Of whom am I afraid?

  4. I never lost as much but twice

  5. I read my sentence steadily


 Please name a few sections in the bookstore in which you are interested:

—Death (because he kindly stopped for me)

—Flowers (I hide myself within my flowers)

—Riches (they taught me poverty)

—Title divine is mine


Why do you want to work in a bookstore?

There is no Frigate like a Book

To take us Lands away,

Nor any Courses like a Page

Of prancing Poetry—

This Traverse may the poorest take

Without oppress of Tell—

How frugal is the Chariot

That bears a Human soul.


How would you describe someone who is a good bookseller?

Now, when I read, I read not,

For interrupting tears

Obliterate the etchings

Too costly for repairs.


I certify I have completed this application and that my answers to all questions on the application are true, correct, and complete, and without any significant omission to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Signed: At last to be identified!                           Date: 10th of December 2012


Chelsey Clammer received her MA in Women’s Studies from Loyola University Chicago. She has been published in The Rumpus, Atticus Review, The Coachella Review and Make/shift among many others. She received the Nonfiction Editor’s Pick Award 2012 from both Revolution House and Cobalt, as well as a Pushcart Prize nomination. Clammer is a weekly columnist for The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, as well as the assistant nonfiction editor for both Eckleburg and The Dying Goose. Her first collection of essays, There is Nothing Else to See Here will be published by Thumbnail Press in Fall 2013. You can read more of her writing at: www.chelseyclammer.com.




Chelsey Clammer
Chelsey Clammer is the author of the award-winning essay collection, Circadian (Red Hen Press, 2017) and BodyHome (Hopewell Publications, 2015). Her work has appeared in Salon, The Rumpus, Hobart, Brevity, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Normal School and Black Warrior Review. She teaches online writing classes with WOW! Women On Writing and is a freelance editor. Her next collection of essays, Human Heartbeat Detected, is forthcoming (Fall 2022) from Red Hen Press. www.chelseyclammer.com

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