Office Haiku: Poems Inspired by the Daily Grind

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St. Martin's Press, Apr 1, 2007 - Humor - 128 pages
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Poems! About your office!

We work hard at our jobs, and in return we are frequently plagued by bad coffee, strange smells, paper cuts, other people, and, at least once a week, Mondays. So what better way to tackle the absurdities of the modern workplace--to get a little peace!--than with Zen poetry? In the first poetry collection to do just that, Office Haiku contains witty haiku divided into chapters including "Monday Mornings Suck," "Paper Cuts, Office Equipment, and Other Maladies," "Existential Malaise," "Departmental Meetings," and, of course, "Anywhere But Here."

Informed by a lifetime of work, James Rogauskas's haiku speak for themselves (and everyone else):

Sitting at my desk
As proudly as any serf
On his scrap of dirt.

"This has to go out"?
And I was waiting for desk
Fairies to type it.

I sit wondering;
Can someone die of boredom?
Only time will tell.

If I could read minds,
I would certainly have a
Better job than this.

"I thought I knew all the reasons to hate cubicle life, but James Rogauskas have given me a pork barrel full of laughs to ease my deary Monday mornings. This book should be required reading for all corporate managers!"--Mary K Witte, author of Redneck Haiku: Double-Wide Edition

 

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Contents

You Too Can Haiku
1
Monday Mornings Suck
9
Kohi Coffee
18
No Sanctuary
24
Clock Watching
27
Existential Malaise
32
Work Flow
38
Lunch and Other Food
56
Chewing Gum
69
Office Politics Coworkers Are Hell
72
Afternoon Boredom
91
Departmental Meetings
95
Paper Cuts Office Equipment and Other Maladies
99
Anywhere but Here
108
Holidays and Such
114
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About the author (2007)

James Rogauskas has worked since he was fourteen in jobs ranging from demolition to sewer cleaning to medical publishing. Although the author has no traditional credentials, his poems suggest that other prisoners of the cube farm too can break free.

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