Carl Sandburg

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Carl Sandburg was an American writer and editor, best known for his poetry. He won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and another for a biography of Abraham Lincoln. H. L. Mencken called Carl Sandburg "indubitably an American in every pulse-beat."


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The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking


Arithmetic is where numbers fly like pigeons in and out of your
Arithmetic tell you how many you lose or win if you know how
    many you had before you lost or won.


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

At A Window

Give me hunger,
O you gods that sit and give
The world its orders.
Give me hunger, pain and want,

Autumn Movement

I cried over beautiful things knowing no beautiful thing lasts.

The field of cornflower yellow is a scarf at the neck of the copper
   sunburned woman, the mother of the year, the taker of seeds.

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Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work.

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Ordering a man to write a poem is like commanding a pregnant woman to give birth to a red-headed child.

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The mammoth rests between his cyclonic dramas.

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Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.

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The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.


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Kathy 09 May 2020

looking for the Sandburg poem, " now we shall open boxes and look..." - anyone have the reference?

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Michael Walker 02 January 2020

Carl Sandburg mastered both poetry and prose, something to do with him being a journalist. I find him very readable.

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Michael Walker 02 January 2020

Thanks for your agreement Chuck. Not often someone agrees with me.

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Chuck Isner 10 November 2019

I must agree with Michael Walker: Sandburg is still underrated. I fell in love with Sandberg at 17 when my dad recited the first stanza of Chicago to me from memory. He had memorized it about 30 years earlier in high school. He also won a Pulitzer Prize for his 3 volume biography about Abraham Lincoln. The beauty of his prose, in my opinion, is how the poet shows through on every page. His skill in using just the right word to express his ideas was beyond brilliant.

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Michael Walker 28 October 2019

I think that Carl Sandburg is still underrated, compared to other American poets. His thoughts roam freely, impelled by a vivid imagination. In such a large number of poems, some are much better than others, as you would expect.

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yer mom 23 October 2019

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Michael Walker 20 October 2019

Carl Sandburg was also a journalist, which shows in his poetry. He writes long lines, which border on prose, but they are poetry. He is the highly imaginative poet of Chicago first and foremost. Sandburg never seems to repeat himself, and finds plenty of topics to write about. I never tire of reading his poems.

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P3l3N 26 April 2019

Memorized " buckwheat" -Carl Sandburg

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buttcheck 05 March 2019

good job that was good

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marcus 05 March 2019

that was a good very poem

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guy who goes to meet Carl Sandburg in the rain, and in the end Sandburg kicks him down a hill.

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gavin 17 October 2018

great poet i think he is pretty cool

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klaine 19 April 2018

does he have any funny poems

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Madison’s 02 March 2018

I like the fog one and it has a message behind it you just have to figure it out.i love poems like

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