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  • 49.
    Extended Family

    Yet like grandfather
    I bathe before the village crow

    the dry chlorine water
    my only Ganges

    the naked Chicago bulb
    a cousin of the Vedic sun

    slap soap on my back
    like father

    and think
    in proverbs

    like me
    I wipe myself dry

    with an unwashed
    Sears turkish towel

    like mother
    I hear faint morning song

    (though here it sounds

    and three clear strings

    through kitchen

    like my little daughter
    I play shy

    hand over crotch
    my body not yet full

    of thoughts novels
    and children

    I hold my peepee
    like my little son

    play garden hose
    in and out
    the bathtub

    like my grandson
    I look up

    at myself

    like my great

    I am not yet
    may never be

    my future

    on several

    to come read more »

  • 50.
    38th Parallel

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

  • 51.

    Childhood rememberances are
    always a drag if you're Black read more »

  • 52.
    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 »

  • 53.
    Chicago Streets

    So good to be home
    and out of the heat.
    All those excess people reminded I'm alone
    as I explored the busy Chicago streets. read more »

  • 54.
    John Hancock Otis

    As to democracy, fellow citizens,
    Are you not prepared to admit
    That I, who inherited riches and was to the manor born,
    Was second to none in Spoon River read more »

  • 55.
    A Writing About Obama- sixth day installment

    I am in the middle of this book about President Obama.
    I am from Chicago, He is from Chicago.
    He did his community work in the neighborhood where I grew up.
    He was a senator from my old neighborhood of Hyde Park. read more »

  • 56.
    Lambert Hutchins

    I have two monuments besides this granite obelisk:
    One, the house I built on the hill,
    With its spires, bay windows, and roof of slate;
    The other, the lake-front in Chicago, read more »

  • 57.
    Ippolit Konovaloff

    I was a gun-smith in Odessa.
    One night the police broke in the room
    Where a group of us were reading Spencer.
    And seized our books and arrested us. read more »

  • 58.
    Flesh Tint

    Like a painting by Velazquez
    A woman stands
    Alone in the frame read more »

  • 59.
    Tough Streets Of Chicago

    Tough streets of Chicago, you made me who I am.
    Tough streets of Chicago, for me you had a plan.
    You forced me to observe, what kids my age did not.
    You taught me to look and see, always looking for a plot. read more »

  • 60.

    -Albert Parsons
    went to his death
    singing Annie Laurie;
    didn't another have 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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