Fred Voss doesn't just write about factory life, he lives it.
For much of his life he has worked as a machinist in various factories in California, transmuting his experiences into three books of poetry published by Bloodaxe, "Goodstone", "Carnegie Hall with Tin Walls", and now Hammers and Hearts of the Gods".
The backdrop of much of his work is the Goodstone Aircraft Company, an oily amalgam of all the places where he has sweated it out on the shop floor, where each man has to be a virtuoso able to temper brute force with hair's-breadth delicacy.
Voss' "Goodstone" is a bastion of male America where bragging men dominate and cheat each other, boasting of their sexual conquests while trying to come to terms with sexual failure.
In this tense, abrasive, rowdy atmosphere, suppressed violence, male bravado and sexual harassment go hand in hand. And when the wounded male lashes out, Voss is there.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 136 pages
- Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 10/06/2009
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9781852248468