Tag Archives: Labor Day

A Poem for Labor Day

Monday – Labor Day I can think of few poems that better capture the spirit of Labor Day than Daniel Pinsky’s “The Shirt.” I love how it moves seamlessly—I use the adverb deliberately—between the craft of labor and the conditions of labor. Sometimes we see a lovingly described piece of clothing, sometimes we hear about […]

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Langston Hughes on the Dignity of Work

Langston Hughes understood working men and women as well as anyone, as his poem “Brass Spittoons” demonstrates.

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“Find Work,” an Answer to Every Grief?

Rhina P. Espaillat captures the ambivalent nature of work in the poem posted for Labor Day. It can be ennobling but too much emphasis on it can rob us of our humanity.

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Self Respect through Collective Action

Novelist Rachel Kranz shows workers finding a sense of self respect through union action.

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