I have drawn an imaginary line between these two aforementioned points. Pietri intertwines two ethical proposals that are, fundamentally, aesthetic proposals: "Obituary'' is about work as "Labor," an activity that only reproduces our animal nature (Aranowitz and Di Fazio, 331334). The lyrical subject of this poem mourns over four agreeable workers heading towards a destiny foretold by the title and tone of the poem. They are workers who wasted away, unaware of the prosperity of Fordist times, to which they arrived too late. In short, they are those who experienced
The rhythm of the poem embodies the daily routine; its extension simulates tediousness, boredom and discomfort. The characters described by the poem''s lyrical subject relied on work as an instrument of social advancement. However, they were unable to avoid their fate. On the contrary, work took them through the tortuous road to the
The other poem, ''Telephone booth #905 ½ "does not coincide in tone or length with the previous one."Obituary" has a melancholic tone; after all, it is an epitaph, an elegy to those who died immersed in the "ethics of work." "Telephone Booth #905 ½ ", however, seems to be a threshold text, the almost imperfect announcement of a new time and a new sensibility that no longer responds to Fordist ethics, to the regime of the industrial factory synthesized by the hands of a clock. "Telephone Booth #905 ½" may be the first manifestation of a differentiated subjectivity that does not feel alluded to by the question "What is happening to us, Puerto Rico?"- Pietri holds the key to understanding the post-worker. It is imperfect and incomplete; definitely "encapsulated in a single sentence, like the character of Education Rita pointed out. But this poem condenses the link between a traditional species and one that has already begun to sprout out.
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