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Blue Collar Broadcast
Blue Collar Broadcast irregularly features new working class poetry and prose. If you would like to submit something for publication here, email it to tilt-a-whirl-broadcast@summersault.com

Old broadcasts

Loseh -- Finster K. Rain
Transgressions -- Patricia Ranzoni
Gulf Coast Levitation --Jordan Green
freeverse12oh5p.m. --Finster K. Rain
work and think(cus mark said so)--Finster K. Rain

Patricia Ranzoni


for the man at the Stockton spring

stop          back up

excuse me  hi  stacks of gallon milk
containers whetting his pickup yup
awful good come twice a week

may I interrupt for a drink don't
oh don't lower your eyes please
oh please don't defer sure got a cup

no I can use my hands I know about this
I know lugging water I know filling jugs
I know making last I know sweaty t-shirts
heavy workpants in 90 degrees I know you sir
it's you I need to splash my face in
soak my eyes cool my tongue
wash down the chin-high front of me oh please
don't oh please oh don't look less
can't you see my dress is ripped
in this trough I wear no shoes

you the quench I'm here for

Patricia Ranzoni


I know I

am not supposed

to be writing our women

digging their greens, tres-

passing in another class,

but this ground is composed

of my people

and I am on my knees

and this is a knife.


Patricia Ranzoni is a founder of the cross-cultural SpiritWords/Maine Poetries Collaborative. She has her own website with further poems and information. You may also email her. Poems are © Patricia Ranzoni, 1998

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