Ten Poems about Work
Selected and Introduced by Jonathan Edwards
We may not love our jobs, but when we can’t go to work we find that we miss them. This mini-anthology reflects on our working lives in all their glorious variety with a delightful mix of nostalgia, celebration and humour.
There are commutes by car and bike, and a poem in which driving to work in New York becomes an almost cinematic experience of the New England landscape. Elsewhere there’s a young girl in India who takes pride in the humble task of collecting cow dung, and a teacher reflecting on the rituals that mark the passing of the academic year:
“I have measured time by paper snowflakes,
blown eggs, bereft cocoons…”
from ‘Miss Berry’ by Liz Berry
Poet Jonathan Edwards’ eclectic and highly entertaining selection of poems explores our complicated and often surprising relationship with the things we have to do to earn a living.
Cover illustration by Hugh Ribbans.