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Poetry of the Working Man 

When: Thu., Oct. 21 2010

Given the thousands upon thousands of jobs that have been lost in Ohio, you might think that anyone with work these days would be so overcome with joy that they wouldn't ever think to complain. That's not exactly how it goes. Behind all the statistics are real people working for meager livings if they are lucky, and lots of others who aren't. Speaking on their behalf are poets and writers from Walt Whitman and Bob Dylan to Woody Guthrie, Eminem, and NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu. Those authors and many more get their say in Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams (Coffeehouse Press), a forthcoming anthology edited by Detroit poet and musician M.L. Liebler. Liebler and four Ohio writers whose work appears in the book — Maggie Anderson, Jeanne Bryner, Ray McNiece, and Larry Smith — will be at Mac's Backs Paperbacks to read from it and sign copies. It happens at 7 p.m. Thursday at 1820 Coventry Rd. in Cleveland Heights. Call 216-321-2665 or go to — Gill


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