Women Sitting at the Machine, Thinking

A polyphonic chorus of female voices read from the poem ‘Woman Sitting at the Machine, Thinking‘ by the American poet Karen Brodine. Brodine completed this work over a number of years between 1978 and 1987 in San Francisco, supporting herself as a typesetter while also working as a national leader and organiser for Radical Women and The Freedom Socialist Party.

The readers ventrilocate Brodine’s fiery words, speaking in chorus, overlapping, talking over one another. They speak of what work takes from workers minds and bodies, and what it can’t: solidarity, intelligence, dreams.