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The Weave Room

The poems in The Weave Room reveal the life of a textile mill as it weathers a decisive social and human moment. Whether speaking in the voice of a weaver trying to quell a crowd about to turn violent over unionization or in his own voice as one of the mill’s employees, Chitwood brings together many social and historical threads to show the pattern of a people and a place that has received little treatment in American poetry.

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92 pages | 6-1/8 x 8-1/2 | © 1998

Phoenix Poets


Table of Contents

The Silk Mill
American Manhood versus American Bandstand
Singing the "Union Song" for the Company Man
The Choir
Entering the Weave Room
The Men
The Women
Weave Room: What They Say
The Informant
Union Summer
The Singing
The Thunderbolts of Zeus
Weave Room: Baptism
The Story
A Weaver
The Words
The Preaching
Workers of the World Unite
How No Lies Were Told
Mrs. P., Who Worked in the Cloth Room, Became Famous for Her Quilts
In the Break
Safety Meeting: What Counts
A Fixer Quits
Gear Bath
The Gift
A Dress and Some Sheets
Notes, Angle Plant, July 1978
All Before Break Time
A Union
Message Lights
Trading Out the Drapers
The Living
The Weaving
The Day Ending and Beginning in the Afternoon
On the Roof of the Angle Plant
First Job
The Early Show, Late
On the Day the Oldest Textile Mill in the South Closed
Threads, End of Another Day

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