win prizes desmond elliott 2017
Search our site
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Read the opening extract of the brand new Kathleen Barber book before its publication on 27/12/2017

PAPERMILL Poems, 1927-35 by Joseph Kalar
  

Synopsis

PAPERMILL Poems, 1927-35 by Joseph Kalar

Unlike many of the protest poets of the Depression era, Joseph Kalar lived the workingman's life he wrote about. Though he produced some of the finest social protest writing of his era, the circumstances of Kalar's life--his tireless work in the unions, his long hours at the mill--meant that he wrote only occasionally and never published a book.Papermill is Kalar's most famous poem, a stark description of a shut-down factory. First published in 1931, the poem was praised by Max Eastman as the rarest jewel so far produced by the ferment in America called proletarian poetry--and it is pure art. Stink from papermill, sulfer dioxide,burns the nose and wreathes the mindwith thoughts of beaters to be filledpumping jordans, swish swish of hot rolls,paper to be made, the crash of spruce,furred brances stabbing here and there,the arm caught pulpy in the rolls,the finger, lost . . .

About the Author

Joseph Kalar was born in 1906 in Merritt, Minnesota. A graduate of Bernidji College, Kalar taught primary school for a year. He returned to work in the Minnesota lumbermills and died in Minneapolis in 1972.Ted Genoways is the editor of Virginia Quarterly Review and an award-winning poet.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

30th November 2006

Author

Joseph Kalar

More books by Joseph Kalar
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

University of Illinois Press

Format

Paperback
88 pages

Categories

Poetry

ISBN

9780252072000

It gives a chance to read about new titles, invites comments from all kinds of readers and is run by such a nice bunch of book lovers.

Joy Bosworth

Lovereading is a world of books. It has everything you need from new to old and much loved classic books. It even give you recommendations!

Kate Thurston

With literary excellence, humour and drama, Lovereading's got value and is a real stress-calmer!

Siobhan McDowell

Love Reading - it not only does what it says on the tin, it does it with Jam on!!

Maz Tucker

It's a lively, independent website with reviews, recommendations and more - with a huge range of books available to buy in all formats.

Alison Layland

I love reading because my cares & woes vanish for an hour or two whilst I read of the joys, adventures, lives of the characters in the book.

Jennifer Moville

It is a website dedicated to those who adore reading It really is a one stop shop for book lovers. Love it!

Edel Waugh

Why I love @lovereadinguk? It's in the name - as dedicated lovers of reading, they are perfect matchmakers for helping me find my next read!

Catherine Jenkins

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools