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Chicago - Poem by Carl Sandburg

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,

Bareheaded,
Shoveling,
Wrecking,
Planning,
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!

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.


Comments about Chicago by Carl Sandburg

  • Rookie Paul Starbuck (4/3/2018 7:18:00 PM)

    Sandburg is the quintessential American poet. No Englishman, however talented, could have written Chicago. Despite Sandburg's list of Chicago's deficits his talent ensures that we, with him, appreciate the city. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Cory Henderson (12/6/2017 9:04:00 AM)

    This sucks i heard better poems (Report) Reply

    Rookie Dude Bro (3/30/2018 1:39:00 PM)

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  • Rookie Cory Henderson (12/6/2017 9:00:00 AM)

    This sucks I have heard better poems (Report) Reply

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Poems About Chicago

  1. 1. Chicago , Carl Sandburg
  2. 2. Chicago Poet , Carl Sandburg
  3. 3. A Garden In Chicago , Karl Shapiro
  4. 4. (poem) (Chicago) (The Were-Age) , Bill Knott
  5. 5. Chicago , John Greenleaf Whittier
  6. 6. Chicago Zen , A. K. Ramanujan
  7. 7. Chicago Weather , Eugene Field
  8. 8. Welcome To The Chicago Commercial Club , Oliver Wendell Holmes
  9. 9. Hymn For The Fair At Chicago , Oliver Wendell Holmes
  10. 10. Poem (Chicago) , Bill Knott
  11. 11. Chicago Streets , Delilah Miller
  12. 12. Tough Streets Of Chicago , rico avila
  13. 13. The Great Chicago Fire , Julia Ann Moore
  14. 14. 3-Year Old Among 13 Shot In Sanford Fla... , Luke Easter
  15. 15. Chicago Sestina , Brian Maloney
  16. 16. Chicago Dog , Ima Ryma
  17. 17. Chicago , Morgan Michaels
  18. 18. Chicago Samba , Aldo Kraas
  19. 19. The Chicago Poem , Jerome Rothenberg
  20. 20. South State Street: Chicago , Maxwell Bodenheim
  21. 21. Chicago Fire , Kurt Kacich
  22. 22. Chicago [1920's Slang] , R.K. Cowles
  23. 23. Photographer From Chicago , Christina Sunrise
  24. 24. Chick-Fil-A Vs. Chicago , Luke Easter
  25. 25. Hadiya Pendleton, Chicago Honor Student,.. , Luke Easter
  26. 26. ##38 (Vivekananda) Arrival At Chicago , Rajaram Ramachandran
  27. 27. Travel Haiku - Chicago, My Other Paris , john tiong chunghoo
  28. 28. Chicago Art Institute , Michael Pruchnicki
  29. 29. Travel Haiku - Millennium Park (Chicago) , john tiong chunghoo
  30. 30. Chicago Blues , Aldo Kraas
  31. 31. Chicago Botanic Gardens , Michael Pruchnicki
  32. 32. Chicago In February , Michael Pruchnicki
  33. 33. Dublin & Chicago , Michael Pruchnicki
  34. 34. Chicago - Of Stinky Roots , Ima Ryma
  35. 35. Chicago - 'the Clock Mender' , Ima Ryma
  36. 36. Chicago Cubs.. The Last Are First , Saiom Shriver
  37. 37. Chicago. , Michael Walker
  38. 38. Chicago Teachers Union To March On Washi.. , Luke Easter
  39. 39. Chicago Pride - Lincoln Park Zoo , Ima Ryma
  40. 40. Chicago , SRIRANJI ARATISANKAR
  41. 41. My Father Laughing in the Chicago Theater , David Wagoner
  42. 42. Chicago - Barn Burner , Ima Ryma
  43. 43. Chicago - Skyscraper First , Ima Ryma
  44. 44. Chicago - The Stock Yards , Ima Ryma
  45. 45. Chicago - The World's Fair's End , Ima Ryma
  46. 46. Chicago - The Loop , Ima Ryma
  47. 47. Chicago - Playboy Mansion , Ima Ryma
  48. 48. Chicago - Wrigley Field , Ima Ryma
  49. 49. Chicago - O'hare , Ima Ryma
  50. 50. Laquan Mcdonald Shot 16 Times By Chicago.. , Saiom Shriver
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