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Chicago - Poem by Carl Sandburg

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Hog Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders:

They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I
have seen your painted women under the gas lamps
luring the farm boys.
And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it
is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to
kill again.
And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the
faces of women and children I have seen the marks
of wanton hunger.
And having answered so I turn once more to those who
sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer
and say to them:
Come and show me another city with lifted head singing
so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on
job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the
little soft cities;

Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning
as a savage pitted against the wilderness,

Building, breaking, rebuilding,

Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with
white teeth,
Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young
man laughs,
Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has
never lost a battle,
Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse,
and under his ribs the heart of the people,


Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of
Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog
Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with
Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.

Poems About Chicago

  1. 1. Chicago , Carl Sandburg
  2. 2. Chicago Weather , Eugene Field
  3. 3. Chicago , John Greenleaf Whittier
  4. 4. A Garden In Chicago , Karl Shapiro
  5. 5. South State Street: Chicago , Maxwell Bodenheim
  6. 6. Chicago Castanets , George Ade
  7. 7. Hymn For The Fair At Chicago , Oliver Wendell Holmes
  8. 8. Poem (Chicago) , Bill Knott
  9. 9. Welcome To The Chicago Commercial Club , Oliver Wendell Holmes
  10. 10. Chicago Poet , Carl Sandburg
  11. 11. Chicago Stock Exchange , Maria Frances Cecilia Cowper
  12. 12. Easter Monday [excerpt] , Ted Berrigan
  13. 13. The Chicago Poem , Jerome Rothenberg
  14. 14. The Great Chicago Fire , Julia Ann Moore
  15. 15. Chicago And December , William Simone Di Piero
  16. 16. Steel-Mills: South Chicago , Maxwell Bodenheim
  17. 17. The Burning Of Chicago , Kate Seymour Maclean
  18. 18. The Belugas Of Chicago , Louise Norman
  19. 19. Chicago Exposition Ode , Mary Weston Fordham
  20. 20. A Moving Chicago's Seasoned Memories , Derek Johnson
  21. 21. In Chicago , John Bannister Tabb
  22. 22. A Poem For Myself , Etheridge Knight
  23. 23. Brass Spittoons , Langston Hughes
  24. 24. For Selma , Langston Hughes
  25. 25. Beans Taste Fine , Shel Silverstein
  26. 26. Of Him I Love Day And Night , Walt Whitman
  27. 27. Epilogue , Ezra Pound
  28. 28. I Like Canadians , Ernest Hemingway
  29. 29. Changing Of The Seasons , Shel Silverstein
  30. 30. Fear Is What Quickens Me , James Arlington Wright
  31. 31. Visiting A Dead Man On A Summer Day , Marge Piercy
  32. 32. Aner Clute , Edgar Lee Masters
  33. 33. Mediums , Walt Whitman
  34. 34. Mamie , Carl Sandburg
  35. 35. Barney Hainsfeather , Edgar Lee Masters
  36. 36. Sunset From Omaha Hotel Window , Carl Sandburg
  37. 37. The Legend , Garrett Hongo
  38. 38. Dora Williams , Edgar Lee Masters
  39. 39. Siren , Louise Gluck
  40. 40. John Horace Burleson , Edgar Lee Masters
  41. 41. Ode For Mrs. William Settle , Philip Levine
  42. 42. Picnic Boat , Carl Sandburg
  43. 43. A Power-Plant , Harriet Monroe
  44. 44. (poem) (Chicago) (The Were-Age) , Bill Knott
  45. 45. 38th Parallel , Michael Pruchnicki
  46. 46. Carl Hamblin , Edgar Lee Masters
  47. 47. John Hancock Otis , Edgar Lee Masters
  48. 48. The Shooting Of John Dillinger Outside T.. , David Wagoner
  49. 49. A Writing About Obama- Sixth Day Install.. , Lonnie Hicks
  50. 50. Lambert Hutchins , Edgar Lee Masters

New Chicago Poems

  1. Someone From Home, Donal Mahoney
  2. Evening Song, Sherwood Anderson
  3. My Kind Of Town, Ima Ryma
  4. Jackie Robinson West, Ima Ryma
  5. Behind The Barn With Carol Ann, Donal Mahoney
  6. To Conjure Up, Kevin Kiely
  7. Cats At Their Bowls Lapping, Donal Mahoney
  8. Vladimir Putin Is A Global Fact, It Is O.., alexander opicho
  9. The Missed Free Throws, Donal Mahoney
  10. Shall I Compare She To A Chicago Winter, Lore Me34
  11. Whirls, Carl Sandburg
  12. Real Estate News, Carl Sandburg
  13. Chicago, Morgan Michaels
  14. Cub And Flub, Ima Ryma
  15. Henry Showed Wendy His Paintings, Donal Mahoney
  16. Chicago Dog, Ima Ryma
  17. 3-Year Old Among 13 Shot In Sanford Fla..., Luke Easter
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