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Author: Chris Green
Publisher: Mayapple Press
ISBN: 1936419440 - 9781936419449
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Published Date: 2014--
Size: 22436 Kb
Description: Poetry. Chris Green's RESUME sees life as a series of jobs: pimp's assistant, lost pet psychic, petting tent attendant, target changer, aviary security, etc. Any job is both unspeakably ordinary and mercilessly strange stock broker or pimp's assistant, the same. And here, slipped between poems of work, a series of 'Jobless' poems reflects a recurring state of being. Also in the book, poems about the jobs of vital relatives in Green's family, mangy is not a bad word all of them with perfectly strong legs, all chasers with nowhere to run. In the end, the work of poetry becomes a refuge in RESUME a stillness at the end of the day.

"This a wonderful cycle of poems. As Studs Terkel once wrote, 'Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.' Through the vehicle of various jobs, roles, labors, and employments manual, artistic, emotional, literary, familial, etc. Chris Green gives us a lyric tour of human complexity, oddity, behavior and occupation. He has a novelist's powers of observation. RESUME is full of humility, wit, smarts and heart, and all kinds of quiet astonishment. Studs would have loved it." Amy Gerstler

"These clear-eyed yet inventive poems about work offer a hard-won wisdom that lifts us above suffering to understanding. Green's is a marvelously spare and colloquial voice with the kind of detail that cherishes and transforms our lives, that compels us with the authority of experience. His material is his own and others' brutal and toxic jobs, which in the hands of such a skillful poet, provide a vision that reaches beyond the subject to his spare but complex epiphanies." Christopher Buckley

"Working odd jobs going nowhere, the fear of futility, the problem of money, the uncertainty of life such are the burdens of youth. In RESUME, Chris Green resurrects and transforms such lost periods of life. He sees that every job teaches, affirms that even the lowliest job is a step. RESUME is not merely a record of employment it is art employed so that human dignity can be redeemed through understanding and wisdom." Richard Jones"
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