I was sitting across from the rotating sign For the Liberty Brass Turning Company Automatic Screw Machine Products And brooding about our fathers Always on the make to make more money Screw Machine Products Automatic Tender wounded brassy unsystematic Free American men obsessing about margins Machine Products Automatic Screw Selling every day of their God-damned lives To some Liberty Brass Turning Company Products Automatic Screw Machine Until they were screwed into boxes And planted in plots paid and unpaid Automatic Screw Machine Products
“Liberty Brass” by Edward Hirsch.
By permission of the author.
Edward Hirsch (1950- ) was born in Chicago and attended Grinnell College and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of eight books of poetry and four books of criticism. His honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award for Wild Gratitude (1986), as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. The president of the Guggenheim Foundation, he currently serves as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Photo credit: Julie Dermansky.
Learn more about Edward Hirsch at The Poetry Foundation