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Virginia Humanities Conference

April 5, 2011

I am headed to Bridgewater, Virginia to present a paper at the Virginia Humanities Conference at Bridgewater College.  http://www.vahumanitiesconference.org/upcoming.htm . The topic of the conference is “Bridging the Gap in and through the Humanities.

My paper, to be presented Friday afternoon, 4/8 at 2 pm is entitled:

“Working Class Poetry

Bridging the Gap Between an Employee’s Essence and their Work”

 

The Abstract:

“This paper examines the role of poetry in enabling a worker to bridge the gap between their soul, their work, their employer, and society. There is little opportunity for creativity in monotonous Blue Collar work.   Daily routines are depressing, alienating the worker from job, employer and surroundings.   The working class struggle is not only for economic mobility, but to find the means to feel human, in an impersonal work environment with no options.

Professor M. L. Liber’s Anthology, “Working Words Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams” and the words of 20th Century writers provide the foundation for this paper.”

I am also going to make a presentation to a Freshman Literature class Friday morning.

I will be reading some of my poetry at Friday’s evening’s reading organized by vox poetica.

Ray Brown

One Comment leave one →
  1. Sam373 permalink
    April 5, 2011 11:39 pm

    “This paper examines the role of poetry in enabling a worker to bridge the gap between their soul, their work, their employer, and society.” Abstract in deed.

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