In this page, poems on / about “chicago” are listed.

  • 289.
    M o r t o g r a p h y...

    Examines their ivory-whites.....for a jaundiced shade of yellow,
    Challenging sleep by black joe..... stirring in white sugar cubes,
    While dabbing the tip of his index finger upon bare, rigid thighs,
    They be the first signs of pre-mature Riga....human ossification. read more »

  • 290.
    Moonlit Harlem

    This poem was written as a hommage to the Harlem Renaissance which spawned the assertion of identity of african-american people in the United States:

    Under the dimly moonlit clouds of Harlem at night
    Tipping it's paved edges in the calm water, read more »

  • 291.
    Easter Monday [excerpt]

    Under a red face, black velvet shyness
    Milking an emaciated gaffer. God lies down
    Here. Rattling of a shot, heard
    From the first row. The president of the United States read more »

  • 292.
    A Sharecropper's Pantoum

    'The drug cocktails that have slashed the mortality rate of HIV-positive people in the U.S. and Western Europe are all but non-existent in Haiti. [O]nly 3 to 4 percent of people with AIDS [there] have access to the newest drugs.'
    -The Chicago Tribune,2003 read more »

  • 293.
    Jeremy Henwood (In Memorial) Uncommon Valor In Peace & War

    Wow! San Diego, California not Detroit, New York, Chicago or LA,
    Unprovoked attack on a proudly worn blue uniform shatters the day,
    Completed tours of combat duty one in Afghanistan and two in Iraq,
    This USMC Captain gunned downed stateside via a cowardly attack. read more »

  • 294.
    New-York-City Sad Song

    I am in New York City, but New York City,
    It does not belong to me. You understand?
    I am in New York City, but New York City is not in me.
    What do I mean? Listen, I am from Chicago, Illinois. read more »

  • 295.


    The language of both science and poetry is a language under stress. Words are being made by their respective authors to describe things that often seem indescribable in words: equations, chemical and physical structures in the case of science, and an inner life of thoughts and emotions, among other things in the case of poetry. Words don’t and cannot mean all that they stand for. Yet words are arguably the best means people have to describe experience. By being a natural language under tension, the language of science is inherently poetic. There is metaphor aplenty in science. Emotions emerge shaped as states of matter and, more interestingly, matter acts out what goes on in the soul. This is why one can say that science is poetic. One thing is certainly not true: that scientists have some greater insight into the workings of nature than poets, or vice versa. Some people feel that, deep down, scientists have some inner knowledge that is barred to others. The expertise of a scientist is an expertise acquired by learning and, unless others acquire the required learning, that particular piece of the universe of knowledge is, indeed, barred to those others. Poetry soars in the world of science.1 It soars all around the tangible, in deep dark, through a world the scientist reveals and makes his own. Poetry in the hands of a lover of life and words, a person with great knowledge and wisdom, can soar in the worlds of intellect and understanding the two most luminous lights in the world of creation.2 -Ron Price with thanks to 1Roald Hoffman, “Science, Language and Poetry, ” The Pantaneto Forum, Issue 6, April 2002; and 2Abdul-Baha, The Secret of Divine Civilization, Wilmette,1970, p.1. read more »

  • 296.
    Their Golden Wedding Anniversarry (For A Couple In Chicago)

    she wears
    two platinum bracelets
    on her
    wrists read more »

  • 297.
    Chicago Moon

    the aura of dusk
    it walks alone at
    segregated paths
    you walk read more »

  • 298.
    Chicago Theme

    Hey! She can't do this to me!
    I'm an American!
    I was born and raised in Illinois.
    History taught me about Lincoln's Volunteers, read more »

  • 299.
    Chicago Jump

    In the late sun the girls jump rope
    Not the sedate ‘I like coffee.
    I like tea.' Rhyme that we sang
    So off key as children read more »

  • 300.

    in the glooming loop
    your sunrise and your twilight
    i only live once read more »

New Chicago Poems

  1. Who Says India Is Not Secular? Do Not Mi.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  2. Taza - Lincoln Park Zoo, Ima Ryma
  3. Resurrection Mary, Ima Ryma
  4. Always Family, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  5. Evening Song, Sherwood Anderson
  6. My Kind of Town, Ima Ryma
  7. Go for a Walk, Ima Ryma
  8. Judy's Father and Mine, Donal Mahoney
  9. An Ode To Swami Vivekananda, Tushar Ray
  10. Chicago blues, Cee Bea
  11. International TV Preacher, Saiom Shriver
  12. May Day, Md. Ziaul Haque
  13. Heron Here At - Lincoln Park Zoo, Ima Ryma
  14. Jackie Robinson West, Ima Ryma
  15. Belissima, Patricia Spears Jones
  16. The Ghost and the Darkness, Ima Ryma
  17. Riding Schwinns in '56, Donal Mahoney
  18. Destiantion On Route 66, Eve White
  19. Mountain Throne, Midnights Voice
  20. Vendémiaire Wednesdays, sasha yarlexolnikov
  21. In Search Of Americans, Joe Sadeghloo
  22. Behind the Barn with Carol Ann, Donal Mahoney
  23. War on Gang Terror, Ima Ryma
  24. Oh, Rahm, Oh, Rahm Emmanuel, John F. McCullagh
  25. The Lovesong of Emmett Till (1996), Anthony Walton
  26. A poem To Barbra Ort, Oliver .........
  27. Walker Evans, Allen Braden
  28. Madman in Remission, Donal Mahoney
  29. Orpheus Hops a Freight, Leonard Kress
  30. Crackling Again, Donal Mahoney
  31. People Who Live Above Stores, Donal Mahoney
  32. Lake Michigan, Kate Harrington
  33. To Conjure Up, Kevin Kiely
  34. The Corner of Wells and Madison, Donal Mahoney
  35. Those Good Tomatoes, Donal Mahoney
  36. Caseworker Determining Eligibility, Donal Mahoney
  37. Caseworker: Yams and Plantain, Donal Mahoney
  38. The Copyreader, Donal Mahoney
  39. Michelle Obama Tribute, Susan King Saunders
  40. Swinging Doors, horace p sternwall
  41. The Great Chicago Fire, Thomas Koron
  42. Cats At Their Bowls Lapping, Donal Mahoney
  43. On the Sparrow: No Blame, Ed Roberson
  44. Crowned Lemurs Like Lincoln Park Zoo, Ima Ryma
  45. Evening, Just Before Twilight, Esteban Arellano
  46. To Robert Hayden, Eduardo C. Corral
  47. The Missed Free Throws, Donal Mahoney
  48. Cubbie Clark, Ima Ryma
  49. Shall I Compare She to A Chicago Winter, Lore Me34
  50. Snowy Owl - Lincoln Park Zoo, Ima Ryma
  51. It's All in the Wrists, Said Ted Bundy, Donal Mahoney
  52. Gentleman, Jaipal Singh
  53. The Skinny On Fatty's Cafe, Donal Mahoney
  54. Jennifer, Joseph Narusiewicz
  55. Any Englishman To His Son, A. P. Herbert
  56. Whirls, Carl Sandburg
  57. Real Estate News, Carl Sandburg
  58. Portrait, Carl Sandburg
  59. Between Trayvon Shooting & Zimmerman Ver.., Luke Easter
  60. Making Rhythmic Memories, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  61. Poor Humor, Lonnie Hicks
  62. The Doorman And The Dormouse, Ivo Cosentino
  63. Chicago, Morgan Michaels
  64. Lemon Underwear, Donal Mahoney
  65. Ion, Stan Petrovich
  66. Cub and Flub, Ima Ryma
  67. Bending, Grabbing, Sorting, Donal Mahoney
  68. Winter on Astor Street, Donal Mahoney
  69. Mixed Couple on the Morning Train, Donal Mahoney
  70. Nikki-Rosa, Nikki Giovanni
  71. The Wrist-Snatcher, Donal Mahoney
  72. Charlie Parker (In Loving Memory Of Sal .., Shijin Taigu
  73. Rock n Roll, Moses Samandar
  74. Before I Sally Off, Donal Mahoney
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