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Catherine Anderson

Detroit , MI , United States
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Catherine Anderson

Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1954, Catherine Anderson is the author of The Work of Hands (Perugia Press, 2000) and In the Mother Tongue (1983). She has published in the Harvard Review, the Journal, the Women's Review of Books, the anthologies Working Classics: Poems of Industrial Life and Poetry 180, and other journals. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, and is the Director of Development at the Kansas City Zoo.

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poem
She slides over 
the hot upholstery
of her mother's car,
this schoolgirl of fifteen
who loves humming & swaying 
with the radio.
Her entry into womanhood
will be like all the other girls'--
a cigarette and a joke,
as she strides up with the rest
to a brick factory
where she'll sew rag rugs
from textile