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Construction Soul: Let It Grab and Lift You Up

Margis, E R

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ISBN 10: 0967605008 / ISBN 13: 9780967605005
Published by Lancaster, Ohio, U.S.A.: Lucky Pr, 2000
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Title: Construction Soul: Let It Grab and Lift You ...

Publisher: Lancaster, Ohio, U.S.A.: Lucky Pr

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

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Advice for those in the construction trades.

From the Author:

The construction trades are more than profits and losses. More than great digging machines and material. More than buckets of tools. The construction trades are made to come alive by wide-eyed youths, the fellows who have "learned to go about it," and older workers with "considered experience." In all the building codes for these workers, and in all the text books for these workers, where is their "Construction Soul"- their desires, needs, hopes, disappointments, struggles, accomplishments, joys and sorrows? Where are the feelings of the very workers the books were written for? I believe a worker deserves more than the usual writings found on the walls inside a jobsite "Porta-Johnnie," a building code book, or a textbook. Workers deserve something they can read and re-read for enjoyment, pleasure, amusement or consideration - something they can read to anyone, young or old, teenager or, if interested, the wife. I can almost hear a son say as his father reads one of these Construction Soul poems, "What does it mean Dad?" - You being wise in the ways of the construction trade, could explain ... and so this book. Poetry has been used, because poetry is "feelings made into words." The radio dramas of the 1940s were words: The Green Hornet, The Lone Ranger, Jack Armstrong, Captain Midnight, The Shadow. They came alive in one's mind, one's imagination; one experienced them and saw them, and so it is with Construction Soul. You will find tongue-in-cheek humor in poems like The Journeyman, the Rock, where the worker says "You need not call me "Sir" or "Sir So And So" - just call me "Mister Wonderful." If a real workman on the job ever said that, I can almost hear his foreman reply "Come over here Mister Wonderful, I have something for you to do." As you read this book you may find yourself thinking "I ... I have been there," or asking "Is it really so?" or "Why do men work at all?" One of my favorites is The Railing Fitter's Art which has "Hesitation rail." This book has two parts. Part I contains verse, prose and essays on the workman and on working conditions. Part II contains subjects trade schools may have missed, yet subjects that can be very useful. In the front of this book is a Table of Contents which shows the organization, and in the back is a great little Index you can use to look up a poem or subject. About a few of the words used: Some words are of foreign origin, some are written as they sound in a local accent or dialect (a phonetic spelling), and some have more than one meaning. A definition has been included for many of these words; it gives the dictionary spelling and the intended meaning. If you are a woman and work at construction, please do not feel slighted by my use of "workman" or "journeyman;" if you do the job, feel as included as any man would be. The material in this book is a marvelous dream. A dream of working construction blue collar.

-E. R. Margis

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