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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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."