“It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.”
— William Carlos Williams, physician and poet
Labor, the work of your hands and heart, is sacred and you shouldn’t give it away to just anybody. I started working on commercial farms picking berries and beans when I was ten. I’ve worked at least part of every year since at a variety of jobs, from mill work to corporate mustapha. Labor has been my lens to understand the world. Poetry is culture work. If the poet does his or her job well, their work becomes insurgent art and a human call to arms, as Carlos Williams pointed out. If there is anything more important right now, I’m not sure what it is.
Yours in art and labor,
–Craig Brandis (aka Burl Whitman)