Nov/Dec 2018 • Vol. XL No. 6 Getting and SpendingNovember 1, 2018 |

That’s the Job

That’s the job, he said, shrugging his shoulders and running his hand through his hair, like Dante, or a spider that knows its web, That’s just the job, he repeated stubbornly whenever I complained about working the night shift in hundred-degree heat, or hauling my ass over the hump for a foul-mouthed dispatcher yelling at us over a loudspeaker, or riding the cab of an iron dungeon creeping over bumpy rails to a steel mill rising out of the smog in Joliet or Calumet City where we headed to track down a few hundred giants in chains clanking together on rusty wheels for dragging home and uncoupling at the clearing yard loaded with empty freight cars waiting to be loaded with more freight, because that’s the job.

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Edward Hirsch
Edward Hirsch is the winner of many awards, fellowships, and other honors, including Guggenheim, NEA, Delmore Schwartz Memorial, and the National Book Circle Award. He has published numerous books of poetry, most recently Gabriel: A Poem.

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