Think there's nothing poetic about annoying coworkers, endless meetings, and stained coffee mugs? Think again. The Business transforms office politics and paper clips into a funny and critical examination of the mortal rat race. If you've ever been fired, let go, unemployed, underemployed, or overlooked, these poems are for you.
"... the strangest, wildest, and most precise of poetry, written by a poet of extraordinary talent and skill."
"...a look at office life as unflinching as Dilbert."
--Charles Harper Webb
"... tragically funny, a wonderful new voice in contemporary poetry." -- Victoria Chang
Commune with the Leopard Man. Strut with Bernie, the world's oldest male stripper. Fly through the air with the Amazing Cannonball Couple. With humor, insight, and a deep appreciation for the beauty of the world, the voice-driven poems in Stephanie Lenox's debut collection sing a collective ode to our common strangeness.
"A smart, surprising, and audacious book.”
--poet Henry Hughes
"... euphoric, generous, gracefully obsessive."
--poet Denise Duhamel
"Reading her work is like watching a brilliant trapeze artist."
--Guinness World Records title-holder Ashrita Furman
About the Author
Stephanie Lenox's most recent poetry collection, The Business, was selected as the winner of the 2015 Colorado Prize in Poetry. She is the author of Congress of Strange People, and a chapbook, The Heart That Lies Outside the Body, winner of the Slapering Hol Chapbook Competition. She lives with her family in Salem, Oregon, and teaches creative writing at Willamette University.