Current Occupation: professor
Former Occupation: autoworker
Contact Information: Jim Daniels' recent poetry books include Rowing Inland and Street Calligraphy, 2017, and The Middle Ages, 2018. He is the author of five collections of fiction, four produced screenplays, and has edited five anthologies, including Challenges to the Dream: The Best of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards. His next book of short fiction, The Perp Walk, will be published by Michigan State University Press in 2019.
We were stalled. The numbers weren't.
We could not help it, the looking up. Down
on factory floors we made those numbers
about their turning. Some believed our plants
had underground cables wired to the sign
to keep it up to date. We believed a lot back
Not exactly Liberty, but a living wage. Praise
the living wage. Family, house, and the pursuit
of, yes, happiness. Liberty, we could only imagine,
making those numbers turn. How much did it cost?