Inside the Money Machine

Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series #13 (2011)

By Minnie Bruce Pratt
(Carolina Wren Press, Paperback, 9780932112606)

Publication Date: July 20, 2011

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This is poetry for the "immense majority"—for those who work for a living, out of the house or at home, from the laundromat to the classroom, from the blue-collar construction sites to the white-collar desk jobs.

These fresh, gritty and passionate poems are about the people who survive and resist inside "the money machine" of the 21st century capitalism: those who've looked for work and not found it, who've held a job but wanted more out of life, who believe a better world is still possible.

Inspired by the poetic prose of the Communist Manifesto, Inside the Money Machine draws its power from Pratt's own working life and grass-roots organizing, and the struggles of neighbors, co-workers, political activists and loved ones.

In the tradition of the socially-engaged poetry of Muriel Rukeyser and Langston Hughes, Nazim Hikmet of Turkey and pablo Neruda of Chile, these poems speak to the unfinished work of this moment in history, in a way that poetry seldom does.

Inside the Money Machine urges: "Let us follow ourselves into a present not ruled by the past."

About the Author
MINNIE BRUCE PRATT published her first book of poetry in 1981 as part of the Women in Print movement in North Carolina. Her second book, Crime Against Nature, received the Lamont Poetry Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her ten books also include S/HE, about gender boundary crossing, Walking Back Up Depot Street, and The Dirt She Ate, winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Born in Alabama, she now lives and works in Syracuse, New York.
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