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Welcome to the schedule of the 2015 Massachusetts Poetry Festival, happening May 1-3 in the beautiful and historic town of Salem! 

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Saturday, May 2 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Working Hard or Hardly Working: Poetry of Work FULL

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The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office. –Robert Frost


Honest labor or soul-sucking drudgery? A way to nirvana, or something to plod through on one’s way to leisure? Office work, housework, school work, physical labor. Work that’s respected and work that’s denigrated. Day jobs or not. And of course, creative work. We will read poems and explore the world of work, from philosophy and attitudes to the observed particulars—the environment, language, ideas, hierarchies, and emotional tone of the worksite. Then, our work will begin—writing our own work poems.

Speakers
avatar for Marjorie Tesser

Marjorie Tesser

Editor in Chief, Mom Egg Review
Marjorie Tesser is the editor in chief of Mom Egg Review, author of poetry chapbooks THE IMPORTANT THING IS (Firewheel Chapbook Award), and The Magic Feather (Finishing Line), and co-editor of the anthologies Bowery Women and Estamos Aquí: Poems by Migrant Farmworkers (Bowery Books... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
PEM Studio 1

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