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The fiercely lyrical poetry of Stanley’s Girl is rooted in Susan Eisenberg’s experience as one of the first women to enter the construction industry and from her decades gathering accounts of others to give scaffolding to that history. Eisenberg charts her own induction into the construction workplace culture and how tradeswomen from across the country grappled with what was required to become a team player and succeed in a dangerous workplace where women were unwelcome. The specifics of construction become metaphor as she explores resonances in other spheres—from family to other social and political issues—where violence, or its threat, maintains order. Prying open memory, her poems investigate how systems of discrimination, domination, and exclusion are maintained and how individuals and institutions accommodate to injustice and its agreed-on lies, including her own collusion. Poems in this collection probe workplace-linked suicide, sexual assault, and sometimes-fatal intentional accidents, as well as the role of bystander silence and the responsibility of witness.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
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  1. I
  1. First Week Apprentice
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  1. Welcome
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  1. Team Player
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  1. Guideposts
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  1. Good News
  2. p. 10
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  1. Stanley’s Girl
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. Point Made
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  1. Old-Schoolers
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  1. Introductions
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  1. White Joe Miller and Black Joe Miller
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  1. Me and Tony
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  1. Wild Mike
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  1. You’ll Get Yourself Thrown Off the Side of the Building
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  1. No One’s Just One Thing
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  1. My Classmate Subash Anand
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  1. Pioneers, First Women in Construction
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  1. II
  1. Wants
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  1. My Father Calls to Say He’ll Be Late
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  1. Escape Plan, Five Years Old
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  1. Camouflage
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  1. The Doorway
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  1. Navigating Uncertainty
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  1. World Order
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  1. Place Value
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  1. Below the Radar
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  1. Julie from Gaza
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  1. Poems about Gaza by Jews
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  1. I Don’t Remember
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  1. III
  1. In Flight
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  1. Crazy
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  1. Troublemaker
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  1. Sunshine
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  1. The Jobsite Marksman
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  1. Code
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  1. Poet’s Mailbag: The Picnic
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  1. We Pay Dues
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  1. Go-Getter
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  1. Crossroads in Minnesota
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  1. U.S. Marine Boots, 2005
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  1. Misfit
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  1. Why Dwell on That?
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  1. So She Won’t Forget
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  1. If You Stray Too Far
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  1. Power
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  1. Fatal Job Accident
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  1. Acknowledgments
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501719714
Related ISBN
9781501719707
MARC Record
OCLC
1030848829
Pages
84
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-10
Language
English
Open Access
No
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