"Inside The Splintered Wood is tender and deeply human. Myles Gordon is simply an outstanding poet." - Kathleen Spivack, author of With Robert Lowell And His Circle

"Inside The Splintered Wood is a very funny book. But don't take this poet lightly. He'll be the one telling the "joke of utter humanity" when the place blows up."
- Natasha Saje, author of Bend

"...The debut collection from Myles Gordon is at once brave and ravenous; an embodiment of love starved for itself."
- Brendan Constantine, author of Calamity Joe

"A remarkable sonnet sequence lies at the heart of Myles Gordon's brave collection about family and history and the resulting wounds and recovery. "
- Jennifer Barber, author of Given Away

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Labor Day

Labor day became a national holiday in the 1880s partially as response to escalations in conflict between striking laborers and government agents (police, army) and sometimes private agents hired by the companies to quell (quite violently) worker unrest. A lot of blood was shed to create things like the five-day work week, to improve safety conditions for workers, to decrease child labor and create a modicum of a livable wage. Unions, and the political parties that fostered them (Communist, Socialist among them) were not the dirty words that are now -  in fact they were the cause for a lot of good, made up of people who risked their lives and their families' well-being - so, say, New York garment workers and Chicago meat packing plant laborers  didn't have to risk their lives when they did their grueling jobs. So here's to unions, to organized labor, and to the political and social organizations and individuals that support them and realize the good they do. No, organized labor and unions are not perfect - there have been misdeeds and corruption - but that is human and to be expected, and the good has far outweighed the bad. Between the barbecues, back to school sales, final jaunts to the Cape, and long weekend chilling out, please remember why Labor Day is Labor Day.

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