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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.
    Mamie

    Mamie beat her head against the bars of a little Indiana town and dreamed of romance and big things off somewhere the way the railroad trains all ran.
    She could see the smoke of the engines get lost down where the streaks of steel flashed in the sun and when the newspapers came in on the morning mail she knew there was a big Chicago far off, where all the trains ran.
    She got tired of the barber shop boys and the post office chatter and the church gossip and the old pieces the band played on the Fourth of July and Decoration Day
    And sobbed at her fate and beat her head against the bars and was going to kill herself read more »

  • 39.
    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 »

  • 40.
    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 »

  • 41.
    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 »

  • 42.
    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 »

  • 43.
    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 »

  • 44.
    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 »

  • 45.
    (Poem) (Chicago) (The Were-Age)

    <i>'My age, my beast!' - Osip Mandelstam</i>

    On the lips a taste of tolling we are blind
    The light drifts like dust over faces read more »

  • 46.
    38th Parallel

    Once I lived in a village not far
    from the thirty-eighth parallel
    near Kaesong, in fact read more »

  • 47.
    Extended Family

    Yet like grandfather
    I bathe before the village crow

    the dry chlorine water
    my only Ganges read more »

  • 48.
    Carl Hamblin

    The press of the Spoon River Clarion was wrecked,
    And I was tarred and feathered,
    For publishing this on the day the Anarchists were hanged in Chicago:
    "I saw a beautiful woman with bandaged eyes read more »

New Chicago Poems

  1. Evening Song, Sherwood Anderson
  2. My Kind of Town, Ima Ryma
  3. Jackie Robinson West, Ima Ryma
  4. Crackling Again, Donal Mahoney
  5. Lake Michigan, Kate Harrington
  6. To Conjure Up, Kevin Kiely
  7. Those Good Tomatoes, Donal Mahoney
  8. Caseworker Determining Eligibility, Donal Mahoney
  9. Caseworker: Yams and Plantain, Donal Mahoney
  10. The Great Chicago Fire, Thomas Koron
  11. Cats At Their Bowls Lapping, Donal Mahoney
  12. Shall I Compare She to A Chicago Winter, Lore Me34
  13. Gentleman, Jaipal Singh
  14. Chicago, Morgan Michaels
  15. Lemon Underwear, Donal Mahoney
  16. Cub and Flub, Ima Ryma
  17. Bending, Grabbing, Sorting, Donal Mahoney
  18. Winter on Astor Street, Donal Mahoney
  19. Chicago Dog, Ima Ryma
  20. An Irish Enclave,1956, Donal Mahoney
  21. Landscape With Big Car, Nicolas Born
  22. 'Girls' Pad, Ima Ryma
  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, Charlotte Lidia
  43. 'Lemon Underwear', Donal Mahoney
  44. Providential Hope In The Windy City, Albrando Lucino
  45. WINGS OF A DOVE, Aldo Kraas
  46. GOING DOWN, Aldo Kraas
  47. Chicago through my eyes, tationa triplett
  48. CHICAGO SAMBA, Aldo Kraas
  49. Yesterday, Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu
  50. Chicago, Cadence Hanshew
  51. Charley Plays A Tune (V5), Michael Lee Johnson
  52. PURPLE OPULENCE, RIC S. BASTASA
  53. Chicago Fire, Kurt Kacich
  54. Was The War On The Battlefront?, QueenPatrenia Turner, Royalt ..
  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. Is There Incest in the Obama Family?, Ted Sheridan
  66. Radio Station: Chico, The Latest News, Atef Ayadi
  67. Radio Station: Chico, Irish Tuesday, Atef Ayadi
  68. & Living Like a Gypsy, Mamta Agarwal
  69. my auntie zousy, RIC S. BASTASA
  70. Candlelight, Gus Oloroso
  71. God Bless All, Saiom Shriver
  72. A FILIPINO WRITES FROM CHICAGO, RIC S. BASTASA
  73. caregiver leaving again, RIC S. BASTASA
  74. Chicago, Floyd Crenshaw
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