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  • 37.
    Poems Done On A Late Night Car


    I am The Great White Way of the city:
    When you ask what is my desire, I answer:
    "Girls fresh as country wild flowers,
    With young faces tired of the cows and barns,
    Eager in their eyes as the dawn to find my mysteries,
    Slender supple girls with shapely legs,
    Lure in the arch of their little shoulders
    And wisdom from the prairies to cry only softly at
    the ashes of my mysteries."


    Lines based on certain regrets that come with rumination
    upon the painted faces of women on
    North Clark Street, Chicago

    Red roses,
    In the rain and wind
    Like mouths of women
    Beaten by the fists of
    Men using them.
    O little roses
    And broken leaves
    And petal wisps:
    You that so flung your crimson
    To the sun
    Only yesterday.


    Here is a thing my heart wishes the world had more of:
    I heard it in the air of one night when I listened
    To a mother singing softly to a child restless and angry
    in the darkness. read more »

  • 38.

    I became a criminal when I fell in love.
    Before that I was a waitress.

    I didn't want to go to Chicago with you. read more »

  • 39.
    The Legend

    In Chicago, it is snowing softly
    and a man has just done his wash for the week.
    He steps into the twilight of early evening,
    carrying a wrinkled shopping bag read more »

  • 40.
    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 »

  • 41.
    Barney Hainsfeather

    If the excursion train to Peoria
    Had just been wrecked, I might have escaped with my life --
    Certainly I should have escaped this place.
    But as it was burned as well, they mistook me read more »

  • 42.
    (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 »

  • 43.
    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 »

  • 44.
    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 »

  • 45.
    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 »

  • 46.
    In flanders

    Through sleet and fogs to the saline bogs
    Where the herring fish meanders,
    An army sped, and then, 't is said,
    Swore terribly in Flanders: read more »

  • 47.
    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 »

  • 48.
    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 »

New Chicago Poems

  1. The Chicago Poem, Jerome Rothenberg
  2. Evening Song, Sherwood Anderson
  3. My Kind of Town, Ima Ryma
  4. Jackie Robinson West, Ima Ryma
  5. Mountain Throne, Midnights Voice
  6. Crackling Again, Donal Mahoney
  7. People Who Live Above Stores, Donal Mahoney
  8. Lake Michigan, Kate Harrington
  9. To Conjure Up, Kevin Kiely
  10. Those Good Tomatoes, Donal Mahoney
  11. Caseworker Determining Eligibility, Donal Mahoney
  12. Caseworker: Yams and Plantain, Donal Mahoney
  13. The Great Chicago Fire, Thomas Koron
  14. Cats At Their Bowls Lapping, Donal Mahoney
  15. Shall I Compare She to A Chicago Winter, Lore Me34
  16. Gentleman, Jaipal Singh
  17. Chicago, Morgan Michaels
  18. Lemon Underwear, Donal Mahoney
  19. Cub and Flub, Ima Ryma
  20. Bending, Grabbing, Sorting, Donal Mahoney
  21. Winter on Astor Street, Donal Mahoney
  22. Chicago Dog, Ima Ryma
  23. An Irish Enclave,1956, Donal Mahoney
  24. Harvesting Pumpkins, Donal Mahoney
  25. 3-year old among 13 shot in Sanford Fla..., Luke Easter
  26. Elegy, oskar hansen
  27. Scene from Yom Kippur 1972, Donal Mahoney
  28. Savannah Belle, Donal Mahoney
  29. Gunners Be Gone, Ima Ryma
  30. Chicago, Marissa Liebowitz
  31. Trumpeter Swans - Lincoln Park Zoo, Ima Ryma
  32. Lookıng For A Girl Across The United Sta.., Nicolas GRENIER
  33. Armadillo Home, Donal Mahoney
  34. Chicago, everette johnson
  35. Bag Lady, Donal Mahoney
  36. Coal Bins, Donal Mahoney
  37. Letter to Annie Far Away, Donal Mahoney
  38. Caseworker's Tune, Donal Mahoney
  39. Satin and Grace, Donal Mahoney
  40. On the Road to Chicago, Donal Mahoney
  41. Bells from the Cathedral, Donal Mahoney
  42. Southside Chicago Blues, George Hunter
  43. Chicago [1920's slang], R.K. Cowles
  44. Chicago, Charlotte Lidia
  45. 'Lemon Underwear', Donal Mahoney
  46. Providential Hope In The Windy City, Albrando Lucino
  47. WINGS OF A DOVE, Aldo Kraas
  48. GOING DOWN, Aldo Kraas
  49. Chicago through my eyes, tationa triplett
  50. CHICAGO SAMBA, Aldo Kraas
  51. Yesterday, Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu
  52. Chicago, Cadence Hanshew
  53. Charley Plays A Tune (V5), Michael Lee Johnson
  55. Chicago Fire, Kurt Kacich
  56. Changing Of The Seasons, Shel Silverstein
  57. For Selma, Langston Hughes
  58. Brass Spittoons, Langston Hughes
  59. a friend in chicago is in relationship, RIC S. BASTASA
  60. CHICAGO ART INSTITUTE, Michael Pruchnicki
  61. ''The South Side of Chicago'' by David H.., David Hart
  62. Travel Haiku - Chicago, my other Paris, john tiong chunghoo
  63. Chicago, Lea Wilson
  64. Tough Streets Of Chicago, rico avila
  65. 'Shoe Shine Boy', Linda Winchell
  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
  73. caregiver leaving again, RIC S. BASTASA
  74. Chicago, Floyd Crenshaw
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