Women of Troy

March 19th, 2010 in Archive by 4 Comments

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.

In Verse: Women of Troy from InVerse on Vimeo.

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4 Comments

Wow! To the poet: Well done and moving. Thank you for sharing.

Anna McClain Washington

3/23/2010

Wow, this was wonderful.

As a poet & writer, my mind was clicking when I saw this. I love the idea of actual images as we hear the image of Troy laid out in verse.

Beautiful.

Britni Danielle

3/23/2010

Beautiful, my heart feels heavy & full at the same time. Thank you.

Gerri Bulion

3/24/2010

this is gorgeous and poignant, haunting work. thank you.

valentine leonard

3/25/2010

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