This autobiographical novel follows the career of a civil engineering apprentice, from childhood to middle age. Along the way, we get to see the inner workings of the profession, from the nuts and bolts of civil engineering and surveying, their technological transformation, to the death of the apprenticeship system. It's a mysterious world that few laymen know. And yet we are all surrounded by their work everywhere, every day.
"What I like?"
Memories are by nature unreal, untrue, inaccurate. They are only mental constructs that we use to organize our experiences. Some are cherished, some frightening, some lost. But they are the only reality we know. Andrew takes a non-linear approach to assembling memory bits into a collection of experiences, real and imagined. Using a variety of forms, including short stories, poems, and a play, we get a portrait of a man lost in time.
The self-published chapbook has been dead for some time now. But in the 1990s it was a popular form of self-publishing for poets, as most publishing houses had to focus on famous people whose poetry they could sell. This collection brings together three poetry chapbooks from 1991 to 1993, which were self-published at that time, sold, and read aloud by the author at performances in the Lowell, MA area.