Fred Voss doesn’t just write about factory life, he lives it. For the past 30 years he has worked as a machinist in various factories in California, transmuting his experiences into poetry. The backdrop of much of his work is the Goodstone Aircraft Company, an oily amalgam of all the places where he has sweated it out on the shopfloor, where each man has to be a virtuoso able to temper brute force with hair’s-breadth delicacy. Pamela Robertson-Pearce filmed him during his visit to Ledbury Poetry Festival in England in July 2008. He reads and introduces four poems: 'Making America Strong' from Carnegie Hall with Tin Walls (Bloodaxe Books, 1998), and 'Hammers and Hearts of the Gods', 'Blood and Poetry' and 'Teatime at the OK Corral' from Hammers and Hearts of the Gods (Bloodaxe Books, 2009). Pamela Robertson-Pearce has been filming poets reading their work for Bloodaxe's archive, website and DVD-books. Her first DVD-book, In Person (edited by Neil Astley), was published by Bloodaxe in 2008, including films of 30 poets with an anthology containing all the poems read on the films.

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