“Youth(Wasted)” is the result of a writing experiment I’ve been working on for the past few years. Here’s how it works: I sit down with pen and paper and place a record on my turntable (in this case M83’s “Saturdays=Youth”). Then I write continuously until the record stops. After a lot of editing I have a poem that acts as a companion piece to the album (with each part corresponding to a song on the record). As you read the poem I encourage you to listen to M83’s “Saturdays=Youth” for the full experience.
Below is a draft of the piece that showcases my truly awful handwriting: