2018 Winning Poem

American Millennial

by Siera Whitaker

I’m the American Millennial.

In this world of mine,

reign plastic and metal.


My body stands bare

in a spotlight for onlookers to decide

if it measures up to one man-made

as I compete daily with smartphones

to stay afloat in relationships with friends

and to keep the attention of significant others.


I do romanticize about an American Dream seldomly realized today,

fearing self-destructing from the eloquent tongue of the media and its charades.


Shackled by a heedless president who cares neither about my harrowing load

of college debt or future inability to support my aging parents,

I’m deemed a narcissist.

I’m harmlessly interested

in survival and acceptance in a life I’m unsure of,

while forced to conform within a robotic society where my followers on Twitter

matter more than my DNA.

Siera Whitaker is a junior at City Tech. Her work has appeared in City Tech Writer, a journal of outstanding student writing. Asked about her inspiration for the poem, Siera writes: “As a millennial, I feel it is sometimes unfair to be categorized and stereotyped. I wanted to let people know what it is like being a millennial and how it can feel.” Her advice for aspiring writers? “Revising is necessary to become a better writer. Take feedback and grow from it. However, stay true to who you are as a writer and the styles you like to write in.”