A preview to A Ranch Bordering the Salty River by Stephen Page 

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A preview to A Ranch Bordering the Salty River by Stephen Page as accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press and as originally published by #foxChaseReview

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By the Mighty Mumford

I like keeping  property,

Otherwise known as “my stuff,”

Protected properly

About it I’ll take no guff.

I invited her to my table

To pick up lozenges and change,

Looking and seeing her fiddle

I felt that jealousy then!

I’ve asked someone to wire

My N scale train layout,

Don’t if this one will answer

But I’ve gotten most done (just about).

Means letting him into my inmost lair,

Offering some of my trains ,

Hoping the deal we reach is square

Considering privacy pains.

–Jonathan Caswell

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Call Centre & Retail – A Thankless Job


Do you know that call centres and retail industry have the highest turnover rate each year? Like the title, it is a thankless job that hardly anyone appreciates, it is low paying too. You hardly see any kids who will pen down their ambition as a customer service officer in America Express or a sales associate at H&M. More likely, these jobs are filled by students on summer breaks or someone who is in between jobs, looking for a breakthrough. You may place waitressing in a restaurant or a bar as a thankless job, however, you usually will tip a server but you’ll never tip a retail sales associate.

I have been in all 3 jobs. A summer job as an apprentice bartender when I was a student. Sales associate in a jewellery store when I was 22. I was 14 years old when I was a telephone operator in…

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Blurb from Colette Inez On Stephen Page’s A Ranch Bordering the Salty River

Stephen Page

Blurb from Colette Inez

On Stephen Page’s A Ranch Bordering the Salty River

This strong and unerringly honest book gives us a unique perspective of a poet/rancher. The poet (his books and diplomas hidden in a secret room) has an insightful grasp of the largely uneasy worker-boss relationship and makes poems out of his ambivalence. Page’s world of horses, cows, birds, grasses, native flowers, and trees are evoked with a mix of lyricism and exactitude. We come to trust his attachment to the land and to his wife and to his wife’s family. All this with a glimmer of a love story in which we may imagine what brought this erudite poet to gaucho country add up to a memorable collection.
– Colette Inez, author of The Luba Poems


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