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  • 37.
    Fellow Citizens

    I drank musty ale at the Illinois Athletic Club with
    the millionaire manufacturer of Green River butter
    one night
    And his face had the shining light of an old-time Quaker,
    he spoke of a beautiful daughter, and I knew he had
    a peace and a happiness up his sleeve somewhere.
    Then I heard Jim Kirch make a speech to the Advertising
    Association on the trade resources of South America.
    And the way he lighted a three-for-a-nickel stogie and
    cocked it at an angle regardless of the manners of
    our best people,
    I knew he had a clutch on a real happiness even though
    some of the reporters on his newspaper say he is
    the living double of Jack London's Sea Wolf.
    In the mayor's office the mayor himself told me he was
    happy though it is a hard job to satisfy all the office-
    seekers and eat all the dinners he is asked to eat.
    Down in Gilpin Place, near Hull House, was a man with
    his jaw wrapped for a bad toothache,
    And he had it all over the butter millionaire, Jim Kirch
    and the mayor when it came to happiness.
    He is a maker of accordions and guitars and not only
    makes them from start to finish, but plays them
    after he makes them.
    And he had a guitar of mahogany with a walnut bottom
    he offered for seven dollars and a half if I wanted it,
    And another just like it, only smaller, for six dollars,
    though he never mentioned the price till I asked him,
    And he stated the price in a sorry way, as though the
    music and the make of an instrument count for a
    million times more than the price in money.
    I thought he had a real soul and knew a lot about God.
    There was light in his eyes of one who has conquered
    sorrow in so far as sorrow is conquerable or worth
    conquering.
    Anyway he is the only Chicago citizen I was jealous of
    that day.
    He played a dance they play in some parts of Italy
    when the harvest of grapes is over and the wine
    presses are ready for work. read more »

  • 38.
    Barney Hainsfeather

    If the excursion train to Peoria
    Had just been wrecked, I might have escaped with my life --
    Certainly I should have escaped this place.
    But as it was burned as well, they mistook me read more »

  • 39.
    The Legend

    In Chicago, it is snowing softly
    and a man has just done his wash for the week.
    He steps into the twilight of early evening,
    carrying a wrinkled shopping bag read more »

  • 40.
    Extended Family

    Yet like grandfather
    I bathe before the village crow

    the dry chlorine water
    my only Ganges read more »

  • 41.
    Sunset From Omaha Hotel Window

    Into the blue river hills
    The red sun runners go
    And the long sand changes
    And to-day is a goner read more »

  • 42.
    On The Murder Of Lieutenant Jose Del Castillo By The Falangist Bravo Martinez, July 12, 1936

    When the Lieutenant of the Guardia de Asalto
    heard the automatic go off, he turned
    and took the second shot just above
    the sternum, the third tore away read more »

  • 43.
    Siren

    I became a criminal when I fell in love.
    Before that I was a waitress.

    I didn't want to go to Chicago with you. read more »

  • 44.
    Dora Williams

    When Reuben Pantier ran away and threw me
    I went to Springfield. There I met a lush,
    Whose father just deceased left him a fortune.
    He married me when drunk. My life was wretched. read more »

  • 45.
    John Horace Burleson

    I won the prize essay at school
    Here in the village,
    And published a novel before I was twenty-five.
    I went to the city for themes and to enrich my art; read more »

  • 46.
    Picnic Boat

    Sunday night and the park policemen tell each other it
    is dark as a stack of black cats on Lake Michigan.
    A big picnic boat comes home to Chicago from the peach
    farms of Saugatuck. read more »

  • 47.
    A Power-Plant

    The Fisk Street turbine power station in Chicago

    The invisible wheels go softly round and round—
    Light is the tread of brazen-footed Power. read more »

  • 48.
    In flanders

    Through sleet and fogs to the saline bogs
    Where the herring fish meanders,
    An army sped, and then, 't is said,
    Swore terribly in Flanders: read more »

New Chicago Poems

  1. The Chicago Poem, Jerome Rothenberg
  2. Evening Song, Sherwood Anderson
  3. My Kind of Town, Ima Ryma
  4. Jackie Robinson West, Ima Ryma
  5. Crackling Again, Donal Mahoney
  6. People Who Live Above Stores, Donal Mahoney
  7. Lake Michigan, Kate Harrington
  8. To Conjure Up, Kevin Kiely
  9. Those Good Tomatoes, Donal Mahoney
  10. Caseworker Determining Eligibility, Donal Mahoney
  11. Caseworker: Yams and Plantain, Donal Mahoney
  12. The Great Chicago Fire, Thomas Koron
  13. Cats At Their Bowls Lapping, Donal Mahoney
  14. Shall I Compare She to A Chicago Winter, Lore Me34
  15. Gentleman, Jaipal Singh
  16. Chicago, Morgan Michaels
  17. Lemon Underwear, Donal Mahoney
  18. Cub and Flub, Ima Ryma
  19. Bending, Grabbing, Sorting, Donal Mahoney
  20. Winter on Astor Street, Donal Mahoney
  21. Chicago Dog, Ima Ryma
  22. An Irish Enclave,1956, Donal Mahoney
  23. Harvesting Pumpkins, Donal Mahoney
  24. 3-year old among 13 shot in Sanford Fla..., Luke Easter
  25. Elegy, oskar hansen
  26. Scene from Yom Kippur 1972, Donal Mahoney
  27. Savannah Belle, Donal Mahoney
  28. Gunners Be Gone, Ima Ryma
  29. Chicago, Marissa Liebowitz
  30. Trumpeter Swans - Lincoln Park Zoo, Ima Ryma
  31. Lookıng For A Girl Across The United Sta.., Nicolas GRENIER
  32. Armadillo Home, Donal Mahoney
  33. Chicago, everette johnson
  34. Bag Lady, Donal Mahoney
  35. Coal Bins, Donal Mahoney
  36. Letter to Annie Far Away, Donal Mahoney
  37. Caseworker's Tune, Donal Mahoney
  38. Satin and Grace, Donal Mahoney
  39. On the Road to Chicago, Donal Mahoney
  40. Bells from the Cathedral, Donal Mahoney
  41. Southside Chicago Blues, George Hunter
  42. Chicago [1920's slang], R.K. Cowles
  43. Chicago, Charlotte Lidia
  44. 'Lemon Underwear', Donal Mahoney
  45. Providential Hope In The Windy City, Albrando Lucino
  46. WINGS OF A DOVE, Aldo Kraas
  47. GOING DOWN, Aldo Kraas
  48. Chicago through my eyes, tationa triplett
  49. CHICAGO SAMBA, Aldo Kraas
  50. Yesterday, Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu
  51. Chicago, Cadence Hanshew
  52. Charley Plays A Tune (V5), Michael Lee Johnson
  53. PURPLE OPULENCE, RIC S. BASTASA
  54. Chicago Fire, Kurt Kacich
  55. Changing Of The Seasons, Shel Silverstein
  56. For Selma, Langston Hughes
  57. Brass Spittoons, Langston Hughes
  58. a friend in chicago is in relationship, RIC S. BASTASA
  59. CHICAGO ART INSTITUTE, Michael Pruchnicki
  60. ''The South Side of Chicago'' by David H.., David Hart
  61. Travel Haiku - Chicago, my other Paris, john tiong chunghoo
  62. Chicago, Lea Wilson
  63. Tough Streets Of Chicago, rico avila
  64. 'Shoe Shine Boy', Linda Winchell
  65. Radio Station: Chico, The Latest News, Atef Ayadi
  66. Radio Station: Chico, Irish Tuesday, Atef Ayadi
  67. & Living Like a Gypsy, Mamta Agarwal
  68. my auntie zousy, RIC S. BASTASA
  69. Candlelight, Gus Oloroso
  70. God Bless All, Saiom Shriver
  71. A FILIPINO WRITES FROM CHICAGO, RIC S. BASTASA
  72. caregiver leaving again, RIC S. BASTASA
  73. Chicago, Floyd Crenshaw
  74. One Sided Love, Francis Duggan
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