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Poetry. "One does not know which to admire more in this collection--its fierce documentary honesty, or the perfect pitch of its imagined speakers. The two come together memorably in poem after poem, giving us deep and abiding insight into industrial and post-industrial America. This, too, is part of poetry's task: to tell what happened, and why it still matters"--Jared Carter.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880834732
  • Publisher: Cleveland State University Poetry Center
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Series: CSU Poetry LXVII
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Presnell grew up in Asheboro, North Carolina, where her father was production superintendent of a locally-owned textile manufacturing company. She has published three poetry chapbooks, and her work has appeared in such journals as Southern Review, Laurel Review, and "Malahat Review. She holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She lives in Lexington, NC, and teaches at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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Table of Contents

The Unwearing: A Benediction

Maxie [heart] Sherry

Rodney's First Day

Pauline Gets Needled

Charlie, First Shift Foreman

Pauline on Saturday Work

Middle Management

South on Highway US 220

Sometimes Those Nights

Nothing ever happens in the hallway

When I Was Twelve and You Were All the Man I Ever Wanted

Pauline on the BarTacker

Charlene Works Quality Control

Pauline and the Bananas

From Maxie's Boy

Velma in Packaging

Tonisha Talks About Knitting

Manuel y Tonisha

Doing Beans

Marla, Working the Cutter

Velma and Bud on First Break at the Mill

Shift Change at the Company Picnic

What They Say About Mr. S. B.

Pauline Learns to Sew

Industrial League Bowling

August Night in Red Springs, 1969

Jimrny Oxendine, Red Springs Plant

The Olive Drab T-Shirt

How He Said Goodbye

Rodney Remembers


Menless Women, Adjusting to Grief

Saturday Night, and Marna Has a Date J



My Father Canes Chairs

Pauline on the Buyout


Made in Haiti

Tonisha Ties Off

Carl, Human Resources Manager

Charlie's Hand

Bill Visits His Daughter in a Dream

Charlene Hands It Over

Velma Wraps It Up

Rodney's Last Day

Sherry's Prayer

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