[Excerpt] After several months of thinking about what is happening to the working class, particularly the steel industry and the whole system of labor, this poem came to me.
I drive by Homestead Mill every morning to get to my job and to get home I drive past the J&L Steel Mill. Occasionally, I drive through Braddock to the house and street where most of my life was spent.
These are some of the contributing factors which also helped to crystallize this poem.
"Child of Steel,"
Labor Research Review: Vol. 1
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/lrr/vol1/iss3/7