Archive for September 27, 2009

Sunday Field Trip

Today, I have been trying to turn five sets of rough drafts (and I mean rough) into five different poems.  I’ve also been thinking about the post I wrote yesterday.  Then, I flipped over to Ron’s Working Class Poems site for my workingclass poem of the day — and there it was — one of the first contemporary poems about work I remember ever reading.  “Field Trip to the Mill”  by Patricia Dobler shows a Catholic nun who ushers her fourth graders on a field trip to learn “Industry and Capital and Labor/the Protestant trinity.”    Dobler’s poem is simply haunting.