Mathew Henderson: Poems about Brute Labor

Excerpt from the New York Times Books:

Mr. Henderson’s poems are about brute labor, about “pushing a pipe down a hole/that wants to push you back.” He’s a close observer of this work, but he’s an even closer observer of the social landscape that surrounds it.

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There’s an awareness in these poems that no matter what you witness, “under no circumstances should you contact the labor board.” And there is this lesson: “A few months from now, when a new guy shows up, way greener/than you, do what it takes to make him look as stupid as you can.”

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