Take a look at this “documentary poem” about the lives of working mothers in Troy, New York. It’s truly a exceptional work by poet B. A. Somers-Willett and photographer Brenda An Kenneally. It’s part of In Verse created by Ted Genoways and Lu Okowski.
Labor historians have argued that Troy was the prototype for the industrialization of America and “the most important city during the Industrial Revolution.” Troy’s beginnings stand in stark contrast to its current social conditions. Today, roughly one-fifth of the population lives below the U. S. poverty line; most families in tory survive on minimum wage jobs.