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  • CHICAGO POEMS

    By

    Carl Sandburg

    Originally published by

    Henry Holt and Company, New York

    This digital reprint published by

    E S P E l e c t r o n i c S c h o l a r l y P u b l i s h i n g

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    eries Editor: Robert J. Robbins

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    Bibliographical Note

    This ESP edition, first electronically published in 2003, is a newly typeset, unabridged version, based on the 1916 edition published by Henry Holt and Company.

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  • PREFATORY NOTE Some of these writings were first printed in Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, Chicago. Permission to reprint is by courtesy of that publication. The writer wishes to thank Harriet Monroe and Alice Corbin Henderson, editors of Poetry, and William Marion Reedy, editor of Reedys Mirror, St. Louis, whose services have heightened what values of human address herein hold good.

  • CONTENTS

    CHICAGO POEMS ......................................................... 1 CHICAGO ................................................................................... 1 SKETCH .....................................................................................2 MASSES.....................................................................................2 LOST .........................................................................................3 THE HARBOR .............................................................................3 THEY WILL SAY..........................................................................3 MILL-DOORS .............................................................................4 HALSTED STREET CAR ................................................................4 CLARK STREET BRIDGE ...............................................................5 PASSERS-BY ..............................................................................5 THE WALKING MAN OF RODIN ....................................................6 SUBWAY ....................................................................................6 THE SHOVEL MAN ...................................................................... 7 A TEAMSTERS FAREWELL ........................................................... 7 FISH CRIER ............................................................................... 7 PICNIC BOAT............................................................................. 8 HAPPINESS ............................................................................... 8 MUCKERS ................................................................................. 8 BLACKLISTED .............................................................................9 GRACELAND...............................................................................9 CHILD OF THE ROMANS ..............................................................9 THE RIGHT TO GRIEF ............................................................... 10 MAG ........................................................................................11 ONION DAYS .............................................................................11 POPULATION DRIFTS ................................................................ 12 CRIPPLE .................................................................................. 13 A FENCE ................................................................................. 13 ANNA IMROTH ......................................................................... 13 WORKING GIRLS ...................................................................... 14 MAMIE .................................................................................... 14 PERSONALITY........................................................................... 15 CUMULATIVES .......................................................................... 15 TO CERTAIN JOURNEYMEN ........................................................ 16

  • viii CONTENTS

    CHAMFORT .............................................................................. 16 LIMITED .................................................................................. 17 THE HAS-BEEN ........................................................................ 17 IN A BACK ALLEY...................................................................... 17 A COIN ................................................................................... 17 DYNAMITER ............................................................................. 18 ICE HANDLER .......................................................................... 18 JACK ....................................................................................... 19 FELLOW CITIZENS .................................................................... 19 NIGGER...................................................................................20 TWO NEIGHBORS......................................................................20 STYLE ..................................................................................... 21 TO BEACHEY, 1912 ................................................................... 21 UNDER A HAT RIM ...................................................................22 IN A BREATH............................................................................22 BATH ......................................................................................23 BRONZES .................................................................................23 DUNES ....................................................................................24 ON THE WAY ...........................................................................24 READY TO KILL ........................................................................ 25 TO A CONTEMPORARY BUNKSHOOTER ......................................... 25 SKYSCRAPER ............................................................................ 27

    HANDFULS ................................................................29 FOG ........................................................................................29 POOL ......................................................................................29 JAN KUBELIK ..........................................................................30 CHOOSE ..................................................................................30 CRIMSON.................................................................................30 WHITELIGHT ...........................................................................30 FLUX ......................................................................................30 KIN ........................................................................................ 31 WHITE SHOULDERS .................................................................. 31 LOSSES ................................................................................... 31 TROTHS................................................................................... 31

    WAR POEMS (1914-1915).............................................32

    KILLERS ..................................................................................32

  • CONTENTS ix

    AMONG THE RED GUNS ............................................................. 33 IRON.......................................................................................34 MURMURINGS IN A FIELD HOSPITAL...........................................34 STATISTICS .............................................................................. 35 FIGHT ..................................................................................... 35 BUTTONS .................................................................................36 AND THEY OBEY.......................................................................36 JAWS ...................................................................................... 37 SALVAGE ................................................................................. 37 WARS ..................................................................................... 37

    THE ROAD AND THE END.......................................... 38 THE ROAD AND THE END...........................................................38 CHOICES .................................................................................39 GRAVES...................................................................................39 AZTEC MASK............................................................................40 MOMUS ...................................................................................40 THE ANSWER ............................

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