Working, or Studs Terkel, where are you?


All day, a button push, a key stroke,

a message away from implosion,

stultification like ossification,

like petrification,


like sitting in a small, hot room

with the window stuck closed,

and the door locked, from the outside;

like being in the maw of the beast.

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Patrick Dobson

Patrick Dobson was founded in 1962. He is a writer, scholar, ironworker, and poet who lives in Kansas City, MO. He is author of two books with the University of Nebraska Press, Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains (2009) and Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer (May 2015). Dobson is a work in progress until termination.

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