Sandee Gertz Umbach is a poet/writer from western Pennsylvania, now living in Nashville. She is the author of The Pattern Maker’s Daughter (Bottom Dog, 2012) and is completing her memoir, Some Girls Have Auras of Bright Colors. She is a PA Council on the Arts fellow, a winner of the Sandburg-Livesay Award, and her poetry collection earned second place in the Working Class Studies Tillie Olsen award competition. She has an MFA from Wilkes University.
I try to tell my brother not to call himself a “go-fer”just because he fetches cardboard
for women shouting, “Bring me a double order,”
who get paid by the piece.
A thin vibration against her machin...