Arts & Letters
Nam Le is the author of The Boat.
Briefly they’d united, these workers of the world,
Against speed-up & unsafety, employers &
Union honchos both; marshalled themselves. And struck.
From out Europe’s faults they’d come: badlands, bloodlands,
Applying theories fled, lists of names read, the luck
Of reprieve life, then migrancy — now four thousand strong
And free (to work): Turks, Greeks, Croats, Serbs, Slovenes, Slovaks —
All the Slavs — joined in one solid stopped line to Geelong
And out to the You Yangs, granite proving ground.
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