With the passing of Steve Jobs we have more to fear than fear itself … Dr. Johnny Wow! explains.

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Good day, boys and ghouls. October is here and we’re kicking the month off with a steel toed boot. Mary Slocum explores “the new normal economy” in two intense, defiant poems.

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Feel like another cog in the machine? Pavel Ruben probably won’t help you with that.

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This week an experimental psychology student, Tim W. Boiteau, shares his fictional alter-world where folks take non-vacations.

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Get away from the runts and visit the barber shop with Brandon Bell.

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Day one of year three! We have a doozy of a piece this week by Judith Arcana.


I want to thank you for reading, submitting, thinking and sharing. I can admit that some days I wonder why I keep WORKing. When I stop to think about it, I realize that I love the language of WORK and I want more ways to talk about employment. I want to understand why people do the things they do: why they strive for one career over another, why they get trapped in a job they never wanted, how they learned to enjoy doing what many people would abhor, what ways they survive on next-to-no sleep or next-to-no money, and all of it for what.

I’ve been in all of those situations, I am one of those people. I work with those folks. I remember the circumstances. I watched Dad drain pots of coffee, slip into uniform, hurry to the punch clock, and then come home haggard and bitter. I watched Brother raise his hands as far as he could as he described waves thrashing the fishing boat he worked on. I watched Mother lean in careful stretch with her hands on her back after cleaning under a client’s coffee table. I myself woke at 4 am, Monday through Saturday, to press police uniforms one year and the next to answer phones as a virtual receptionist.

How do we do it? Where is the motivation? Do you find motivation in prestige?  The wage? Watching your bills get chipped away? The promise of retirement? What peace do you make with yourself when your job doesn’t match your soul?

We are told in the United States that employment is important, that what you do when you’re on the clock defines who you are. In many ways, I disagree. However, there is no denying that timesheets change how we think, how we behave, where we can go and who we meet. That is why WORK continues. WORK is here because The Economist, Bloomberg Business Week and The New York Times do not know how it is. We know how it is.

– Julie

Timothy Dyson has clanking precision  in three excellent poems. Feel the grit!

Next week we enter year three of WORK.  The past year of Sunday publications was fun, but starting next week WORK returns to Monday editions.

Teaching fully explored through two poems by Lauren Henley.

This week Al Simmons wows in his poem One Day During The Riots.

P.S. Mr. Simmons has a fabulous collection of poems ready for publishing … someone oughta contact him. Let us know and we’ll hook you up.

This week features the return of Adam Matcho with two radical poems which are included in a soon-to-be-published collection called Six Dollars an Hour: Confessions of a Gemini Writer. Guess what?! Matcho’s collection won Nerve Cowboy’s chapbook contest. Look for it at Nerve Cowboy.

In national and state parks, in garbage bins of all colors and sizes, in barrooms and demi-whore houses, at car washes and seafood restaurants, Louis Bourgeois collected cans.