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MANUAL LABORS
POOP DECK PROJECT 2
ROCKTOBER 19-DECEMBER 30, 2007

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Manual Labors is an exploration of the ways the world is catalogued and ordered. The exhibit pairs rocks from the collection of the Lakewood Heritage Center with poems written by 37 contemporary poets chosen for diversity of style, philosophy and experience. Each rock is a “mano,” or a grinding stone used to grind corn or wheat on a “metate,” a larger flat stone, to make tortillas or breads.  The rocks were brought into the collection of the Heritage Society in 1984, and each was marked with an “accession,” or acquisition, number in India ink. Each poet was assigned one stone and asked to handwrite a poem or a part of a poem, less than 100 words long about their rock. Each poem is displayed with the rock it written for and the pen used to create the manuscript.