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.


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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