Kissing the Shuttle: A Lyric History

Kissing the Shuttle: A Lyric History

by Mary Ann Mayer


$19.76 $21.95 Save 10% Current price is $19.76, Original price is $21.95. You Save 10%.
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Wednesday, February 27

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692069219
Publisher: Blackstone River Books
Publication date: 07/01/2018
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Forward ix

Introduction 3

A Note to the Reader 7


Children Very Plenty 11

Mill Girl 14

Kissing the Shuttle 16

The Fresh Air School, 1908, Pawtucket, R.I. 18

Golden Rule 19

Jumping Lessons 22

The Superintendent Pins Up Positivity Posters 23

TB's Gifts 24

Taken Away to Wallum Lake Sanatorium 28

Occupational Therapy 29

Noon Whistle 30

White Water 33

Fever Dream 34

Children's Hall 35

Sanatorium Nursery 36

Class 3 Privileges 37

Gramma's House 40

Settling In 42

With Windows Open (health creeps in) 44

What Child Is This 45

Searchlight 48


The New Creed / Gospel of Industry 52

The Mill Bell & The Clothesline 54

The Super Pins Up More Positivity Posters 56

Charity Begins at Home 58

Woonsocket: America's Spunkiest City 61

World Heavyweight Champ Comes To Pawtucket 64

Coffle 68

The Work 70

Walt Whitman's Pants 72

Heavy Traffic 74

Ivory in Connecticut 75

Lords of The Loom, Lords of The Lash 80

Build Canals to Tame this Water… 82

Fresh Air Summer School, 1911 (Don't Tread On Me) 86

Sunday Afternoon 88

Aggie's Angel 90

Arrival Home 91

Afterword 93

Acknowledgments 97

Sources and Works Consulted 98

Image Source List 102

TB Progress Note 106

Author Note 108

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Kissing the Shuttle: A Lyric History 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Cabrita1956 More than 1 year ago
This is a unique, beautifully resonant and lyrical collection that takes the subject of early mill workers and expands it into a meditation on so many topics. The author makes the historical personal and the personal historical through her connection to the mill workers of the distant and more recent past. She uses the topic as a springboard to look at the many injustices underpinning the mill economy. Beautiful and thought -provoking.
Ryan Dean More than 1 year ago
Mayer unfolds a poetic tapestry in Kissing the Shuttle by infusing history with local color and depicting heartfelt accounts of lives from a not-so-distant past. Kissing the Shuttle reveals the complexity of what it means to belong to Rhode Island. On one hand, the author's voice scholarly confronts a multitude of dehumanizing systems that served as an engine for the Industrial Revolution and beyond. And on the other, she illuminates both the hope and deep sentimentality she holds for this place that resonates with so many locals of the area. The thoughtfulness and craft with which Mayer encapsulates all of these intricacies is an accomplishment that can be praised by artists and historians alike.