Dream Horse Press
Charles Sweetman's Enterprise, Inc
What a sly and nimble book, smiling with a mouth full of fangs. Sweetmans casual, chummy lines lead one cheerfully into a cubicled inferno where the damnedknights, kings, and cowboys, yet never quite corner office materialslog in the long shadows of upper management, neck-deep in leadership plans, always aware that they lack some essential "intangible assets," yet incorrigibly optimistic, prepared to be lifted into the light of success. Theyre shallow, lost, and easy to like. This is satire at its best: sweet-tongued and fierce."
Marshall N. Klimasewiski, author of The Cottagers (Norton, 2005)
"The enterprise here is in the way Chuck Sweetman gets the voices fromgives voice tothose denizens of the contemporary counting houses seldom heard in contemporary poetry: the white-collared, computer-screened, entry-leveled, and encubicled. It isnt just that he surveys undercharted terrain and brings back news of the natives, but that he brings the news that stays news of poems, poems that glitter with wit and psychological acuity. Yet Sweetman manages to balance irony with sympathy in these portraits of the working stiffs of the information age. The job-submerged, the heroes of the subtle resistance, the fantasists-by-necessity, the artists-in-waiting pictured here make up a world to which (and in which) readers may find themselves drawn."
Jason Sommer, author of The Man Who Sleeps in My Office (University of Chicago Press)
"Theres no reverie for birds, sky, or gurgling streams in Enterprise, Inc. Nonetheless, Im inclined to label Charles Sweetman a nature poethuman nature, that is. His is a wry, insightful portrait of life in the world of the business cubicle (metaphoric, psychological and actual) endured daily by so many souls. His poems have a narrative, cinematic quality. They offer a blend of hapless workaday personalitiesala the TV series The Officeand the awful sense of entrapment portrayed in the harrowing film "Glengarry, Glen Ross." He uses the jargon of the workplace to reveal the angst, hilarity and pathos of Everyman, and he does it with an ear ever attuned to the music of poetry as well as to message. Sweetmans collection is a most worthy enterprise, and a great read."
Kathleen Lynch, author of Hinge (Black Zinnias Press National Poetry Prize)
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