I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the issues that exist within the service industry, particularly the ways in which class and race intersect in workplaces where the employees make minimum wage, or close to it. I’ve been writing poems about the oppressive atmosphere of the service job, and how working with other people creates a hierarchy of value between humans. To me, the ways we treat other people when we’re the privileged party really highlights the underlying hierarchies we have in place in corporate America. I really want to include poems like “crazy uncle floyd” in a larger group of critical American poetry, but I’m wondering if maybe these two subjects exist as separate themes? I mean, a demeaning service economy isn’t only a part of daily life in the USA, it exists as a larger part of the capitalist machine. At the risk of sounding preachy, I do want to broach this topic in my poetry, and I’m wondering if poems like “crazy uncle floyd” belong in that group, maybe as a beginning or an end? Is it easy to draw from “crazy uncle floyd” ideas about the widening gap between rich and poor, the American working class, etc? Does the poem stand alone well enough that companion pieces drawing on similar topics seem superfluous?