Excerpt for Exhibition People - Poetry from a Museum by , available in its entirety at Smashwords

May 2017
© Samuel Ali


“In the progress of the division of labour, the employment of the far greater part of those who live by labour, that is, of the great body of the people, comes to be confined to a few very simple operations; frequently to one or two. But the understandings of the greater part of men are necessarily formed by their ordinary employments. The man whose whole life is spent in performing a few simple operations, of which the effects too are, perhaps, always the same, or very nearly the same, has no occasion to exert his understanding, or to exercise his invention in finding out expedients for removing difficulties which never occur. He naturally loses, therefore, the habit of such exertion, and generally becomes as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human creature to become…”

Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations

1  Irony
2  Retail Assistant
3  Refund
4  Feedback reply

5  Rigged
6  Numbers
7  Counselling
8  Newspaper Stand
9  Tory Boy
10  5 x Tommy Gun T-Shirt XL
11  2 x Boxes Guidebooks
12  Mau Mau
13  Flower
14  Eyes of management
15  Medication
16  Headphones
17  Summer solstice
18  Sorry
19  A dream
20  Stocktake
21  Lunch break
22  In the library on a weekday

23  Agency work
24  Paralysis
25  Temp agents
26  Marketing tool
27  Agency rights
28  End of rotating shifts

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