Today's poem is "The Ship Builder"
from Running Down Broken Cement

Main Street Rag Publishing Company

Nancy Scott is the managing editor of U.S.1 Worksheets, the journal of the US.1 Poets’ Cooperative in New Jersey. She is the author of six collections of poetry: Down to the Quick (Plain View Press, 2007), One Stands Guard, One Sleeps (Plain View Press, 2009), A Siege of Raptors (Finishing Line Press, 2010), Detours & Diversions (Main Street Rag, 2011), On Location (March Street Press, 2011), and Midwestern Memories (Aldrich Press, 2014). Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Witness, Slant, Mudfish, Slipstream, The Ledge, Poet Lore, Pemmican, Exit 13, Verse Wisconsin, Raven Chronicles, Qarrtsiluni, Blue Lyra Review, San Pedro River Review, and Journal of New Jersey Poets. She has also received a Ragdale fellowship. Originally from the Chicago area, Nancy has lived in New Jersey for many years.

Books by Nancy Scott:

Other poems on the web by Nancy Scott:
"Rescued Objects"
"On Location"
Two poems
Three poems
"The Outside Rear Steps"
"At Home in Abbottabad, Pakistan"
"Blue Jacaranda"
"Curse of the Three-Hour Ride"

Nancy Scott's Website.

About Running Down Broken Cement:

"Nancy Scott takes us along on visits with people who are usually invisible, kids who age out of foster care, grownups who go off their meds, women who spend their days among social service offices. She gives them voice, and dignity, even when they're 'out the door faster than imagination.' Her passionate work is 'insistent like a ragged shutter on a windy night,' and it, too, keeps us awake, and calls us to make repairs."
—Tina Kelley

"Nancy Scott is truly a voice crying in the wilderness. She has earned her voice by years of work among the poorest of our poor—those struggling on the edges of our broken health, education, and welfare systems. She has listened carefully and now bears witness. You may need to read this book slowly, a few poems at a time. These are not pretty stories—they will trouble your spirit and break your heart."
—Kelley Jean White

"In Running Down Broken Cement, Nancy Scott asks us to bear witness with her. This is the book to read if you want to know what it’s like to struggle in an America only too willing to pretend things aren’t so bad. Things are worse than you might suspect. That’s why we need poets like Scott: fierce in compassion and anger—and fearless too. And heroic in their determination to ask hard questions of their craft and of their country."
—Christopher Bursk

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