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The Business
by Stephanie Lenox
University Press of Colorado, 2016
Paper: 978-1-885635-47-1 | eISBN: 978-1-885635-48-8
Library of Congress Classification PS3612.E5557A6 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.6

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Published by the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University

Winner of the 2015 Colorado Prize for Poetry 

What does it mean to work in the age of the cubicle? The Business takes on the modern workplace with sharp-witted poems that sting like a paper cut. A former secretary, Stephanie Lenox positions herself as a poetic note-taker of the mundane. Organized by the classical components of Greek tragedy, these poems enact the relationships, heartbreaks, and small heroic efforts that make up our working lives. Think there's nothing poetic about annoying coworkers, endless meetings, and stained coffee mugs? Think again. While tragedy provides the organizational structure for this collection, humor plays a central role. This collection transforms office politics and paper clips into a funny and critical examination of the mortal rat race. If you've ever been fired, let go, unemployed, underemployed, or overlooked, these poems are for you. Begun on stolen reams of printer paper, this book reclaims the hours of our lives we give, out of necessity, to others in order to survive.

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