Carolina clay

Our house leaned and pitched in strong winds. The tin roof
a watering can for black snakes wintering in the attic;

the kitchen ceiling had one-tile-in-from-the-wall painted
for ten years, a racing stripe for our speedy remodeling.

The well water turned brown when it rained; Mom made koolaid
in fruit punch or grape to quell our suspicion. Twenty years later,

when we finally moved, the well was condemned, declared unfit
for human consumption
, and that was the punch line

to the World’s Funniest Joke; we laughed for days. And still,
I …

How the South Uses Its ‘Anti-Union Arsenal’ to Keep Workers From Organizing

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The crushing rejection on August 5 of a United Auto Workers bid to organize a 6,500-worker Nissan assembly plant near Canton, Mississippi seemed to present the proverbial déjà vu …