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American Busboy

by Matthew Guenette

Publication Year: 2011

In American Busboy, a wry anti-mythology, the anti-hero busboy in an anonymous Clam Shack! tangles with the monotonous delirium of work, the indignities and poor pay of unskilled labor, the capricious deus ex machina of mean-spirited middle management, the zombified consumption of summer tourists, while jostling for the goddess-like attentions of waitresses and hostesses—all battered up in sizzlingly crisp wit and language, and deep-fried in a shiny glaze of surrealism. —Lee Ann Roripaugh

Published by: The University of Akron Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Prologue

Memorial Day

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pp. 3-4

Name Your Poison

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pp. 5-6

General Attributes

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pp. 7-8

DefInition

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pp. 9-

First Shift

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pp. 10-

Smoke Break

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pp. 11-12

Initiation

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pp. 13-14

Upside-Down Crates

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pp. 15-16

Pink Pills

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pp. 17-

National Flag Week

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pp. 18-20

The Training

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pp. 21-22

Pandemonium Day

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pp. 23-

Father’s Day

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pp. 24-

Epic

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pp. 25-

Lyric

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pp. 26-

Picking Up the 7—10 Split

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pp. 27-

Flashlight

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pp. 28-29

Typewriter

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pp. 30-

Pirate Days

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pp. 31-

smile!

Straight Face

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pp. 35-

Grout

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pp. 36-37

Postmodern T-Shirts

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pp. 38-

Flip a Coin Day

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pp. 39-40

Disturbia

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pp. 41-

The Golden Age

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pp. 42-43

Bastille Day

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pp. 44-45

Mythic

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pp. 46-

A People’s History of the United States

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pp. 47-

Independence Day

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pp. 48-

Take Your Pants for a Walk Day

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pp. 49-50

Courage

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pp. 51-

_Escape Artist_

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pp. 52-53

National Ice CreamSandwich Day

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pp. 54-55

Dog Days

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pp. 56-

Dominoes

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pp. 57-

Human Resources

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pp. 58-59

The Weekly Week

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pp. 60-63

Kiss & Make Up

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pp. 64-65

National Hot Dog Month

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pp. 66-70

The Other Side of Summer

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pp. 71-

33 Busboy Proverbs (an Evolutionary Analysis)

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pp. 72-

Rookie

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pp. 73-74

Labor Day

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pp. 75-76

Clean

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pp. 77-


E-ISBN-13: 9781937378226
E-ISBN-10: 1937378225
Print-ISBN-13: 9781931968973
Print-ISBN-10: 1931968977

Page Count: 88
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Akron Series in Poetry

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