Carl Sandburg Quotes
''Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work.''Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), U.S. poet. New York Times (Feb. 13, 1959).
''Ordering a man to write a poem is like commanding a pregnant woman to give birth to a red-headed child.''Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), U.S. poet. Quoted in The Reader's Digest (Pleasantville, New York, February, 1978).
''The mammoth rests between his cyclonic dramas.''Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), U.S. poet. The People, Yes (l. 7). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Press.
''Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.''Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), U.S. poet. The People, Yes (1936). The words were popularized during the anti-war protests of the 1960s, and were echoed in the 1970 movie Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? starring Brian Keith and Tony Curtis. Allen Ginsberg also recalls the line in his 1972 poem, Graffiti: "What if someone gave a war & Nobody came? Life would ring the bells of Ecstasy and Forever be Itself again."
''The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.''Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), U.S. poet. Two Nocturnes.
''Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.''
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The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
Aprons Of Silence
Many things I might have said today.
And I kept my mouth shut.
So many times I was asked
To come and say the same things
Everybody was saying, no end
To the yes-yes, yes-yes,
The aprons of silence covered me.