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Dear Semblance of the Desert // Julia Madsen

One Way: A Short Report on Technological Unemployment,

Part III


In “Dear Semblance of the Desert,” the lines “[pulse] me up to gather to see through / the gauze. There are numbers and numbskulls / careening toward mechanical flunks” take their inspiration from “Hell, Realism” by Christina Chalmers: “pull me up to the gate I see through the gauze of double time signature / collapses into the bourgeois public sphere falling up there are spherical / metallic nubs cascading into pupil capillaries.”

“One Way, A Short Report on Technological Unemployment, Part II” is inspired by and incorporates text from Inventing Ourselves Out of Jobs? by Amy Sue Bix and Race Against the Machine by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee.

“One Way: A Short Report on Technological Unemployment, Part III” incorporates text from truck driver interviews found on (top text) and Unemployment and the Machine (1934) published by Industrial Workers of the World (bottom text).


Julia Madsen says: I am a multimedia poet, teacher, and tutor. I received an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University and am currently a doctoral student in English/Creative Writing at the University of Denver. Blue collar born and raised, I am currently thinking about technology and the working class. My poems and multimedia work have appeared or are forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Caketrain, Small Po[r]tions, Deluge, Dreginald, Tagvverk, Alice Blue Review, Devil's Lake, Versal, Cartridge Lit, Cutbank, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. You can view more work at


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