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Straw Hat & Dusting

Rita Dove


Straw Hat & Dusting

Rita Dove


Poem introduction

Thomas and Beulah is a book of poems which is actually a sequence of poems - a double sequence. These poems tell the story of a marriage - two African-Americans who came to age during the 20th Century. Thomas gets work in the rubber factories of Akron, Ohio which were exploding so rapidly that they did not have time to build enough sleeping space for the men so they slept in shifts just as they worked in shifts.

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