"This pedestal of work is insightful and demanding. You will never look at the modern world with the same eyes." -Frank Greenwald, Electrician from Chicago. "I read four poems and I wept. The images culled my heart." -Lane Clemons, New York Taxi Driver. "I told Mom she had to buy this to remind her of when Dad worked the graveyard shift." -Brian Medder Student, Pittsburgh. "I'll use this to keep table seven from wobbling once I'm done reading it underneath the covers with a flashlight." -Janet Habersham, Waitress in Kansas City. "I had to hide a copy from my bunk mate so he would actually sleep at lights out and be up in time for chow." -Private Bobby Masterson, 88M Ft. Eustis. This collection of poetry, prose and art is a salute and celebration of the modern American worker. Generations of unrecognized heroes who wash our cars, mow our lawns, bake our bread, douse our fires, take out our garbage, teach our kids, grow our food, build our houses, mend our roads, and defend our freedom. The American Dream is still there for all of them, hidden in plain sight, riddled with confusion and abandonment. The art found on these pages is a limited collection of mixed medium collages inspired by and created for the works of Marc D. Crepeaux. The images were also largely inspired by what makes life great. This book should be enjoyed by those who enjoy adventure, hard work, pursuing their dreams, and finding out what happens after disappointment. If you've ever picked yourself back up again then you will feel right at home within these pages.
Marc D. Crepeaux, author of Modern Waste, has worked as a burdock slayer, lawn mower, ice rink attendant, janitor, umpire, baker, sandwich maker, tree planter, pizza delivery boy, cashier, real estate flunky, warehouse goon, songwriter, musician, personal assistant, bookseller, artist, bellman, doorman, concierge, construction stooge, paratrooper, night watchman, taxi driver, taxi company owner, worm farmer, vehicle prospector, linguist, substitute teacher, tutor, entrepreneur, private investigator and writer. He lives with the esteemed Mrs. Dawson and two daughters in Rome, Georgia. Mads Bender has labored as a lawn mower, bus boy, cook, waiter, clerk, media specialist, smoothie maker, health food store supervisor, graphic designer, musician, barista, paratrooper, product designer, graphic artist, propaganda designer, UI/UX Developer, product manager, project manager, freelance developer, writer, editor, retail manager, taxi dispatcher, salesman, farm hand, roofer, painter, marketing professional, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He and his wife are in the habit of collecting hobbies and window shopping for dogs in Athens, Georgia.