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The Laundress Catches Her Breath
Paola Corso

Notable Voices

2012 • 90 pp. 6 x 9 1/4"

$16.00 Paperback, 978-1-933880-31-0

The struggle and anguish in finding meaningful work in an economically depressed city

This powerful collection of poetry features a chain-smoking, working-class Italian American woman struggling to support herself and find meaningful work in a depressed mill town. She endures the indignity of a low-paid job that she can’t afford to leave. The poems follow her tumultuous relationship with her father, a retired mill worker, her love for her educated uncle dying of cancer, and her escape from this soiled life through her ritual of doing laundry.

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From the Book:


She washes colors but prefers whites,
bleaching streaks of yellow and mottled gray

grease on her apron from a shift at the fryer, stains
that can’t hide in dyes of mulberry or hunter green.

She takes them on
face to face like school girls she fought
and snapped in two.

She walks away with a loose tooth that she yanks out,
tarred from cigarette smoke. She couldn’t
get it white no matter how hard

she scrubbed.

PAOLA CORSO is an award-winning author of seven books of poetry and fiction set in her native Pittsburgh.

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