City of the big shoulders : an anthology of Chicago poetry

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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 811 ANTHOLOGY CHICAGO Poetry
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Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  811 ANTHOLOGY CHICAGO Poetry
Chicago has served as touchstone and muse to generations of writers and artists defined by their relationship to the city's history, lore, inhabitants, landmarks, joys and sorrows, pride and shame. The poetic conversations inspired by Chicago have long been a vital part of America's literary landscape, from Carl Sandburg and Gwendolyn Brooks to experimental writers and today's slam poets. The one hundred contributors to this vibrant collection take their materials and their inspirations from the city itself in a way that continues this energetic dialogue.

The cultural, ethnic, and aesthetic diversity in this gathering of poems springs from a variety of viewpoints, styles, and voices as multifaceted and energetic as the city itself. Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz: "I want to eat / in a city smart enough to know that if you / are going to have that heart attack, you might / as well have the pleasure of knowing // you've really earned it"; Renny Golden: "In the heat of May 1937, my grandfather / sits in the spring grass of an industrial park / with hundreds of striking steelworkers"; Joey Nicoletti: "The wind pulls a muscle / as fans yell the vine off the outfield wall, / mustard-stained shirts, hot dog smiles, and all."

The combined energies of these poems reveal the mystery and beauty that is Second City, the City by the Lake, New Gotham, Paris on the Prairie, the Windy City, the Heart of America, and Sandburg's iconic City of the Big Shoulders.

Routes / Kathryn Almy
At the Crawford coal-fired power plant / Nin Andrews
Time travel / Dori Appel
Chicago deep dish / Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
Chicago's monuments / Rane Arroyo
Hancock O'Hare / Michael Austin
Yes, we can / Marvin Bell
Ted Stone morning / Mary Grace Bertulfo
Postcard from Buddy Guy's legends : bar and grill, Chicago / Allen Braden
I saw you / John Bradley
The last fortune teller of Chicago / John F. Buckley and Martin Ott
Sixteen / Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor
Everything is / Karen Carcia
Jean Baptiste / James E. Cherry
Sleeping with Carl / Susan Deer Cloud
Hotel Dana / James Conroy
Low ride elegy / Timothy Cook
Campus taxi / Nina Corwin
Michael Jordan / Curtis L. Crisler
Summer news / Mary Cross
Still life with Zeno and file footage / James D'Agostino
Ravenswood / Stuart Dybek
Hibernation / Bart Edelman
Chicago union stockyards circa 1957 / Susan Elbe
150 years of Chicago architecture / Dina Elenbogen
Cheo saw an angel on Division Street / Martín Espada
Loop / John W. Evans
Asked for a happy memory of her father, she recalls Wrigley Field / Beth Ann Fennelly
Radar ghosts / Michael Filimowicz
With my blue flowered dress / Jennifer S. Flescher
Republic Steel Chicago South Works / Renny Golden
The horses run back to their stalls / Linda Gregerson
38 easy steps to Carlyle's everlasting yea / John Guzlowski
Bible belt / Terry Hamilton-Poore
The woman hanging from the thirteenth floor window / Joy Harjo
Uncle Danny brags about playing special teams for the '85 Bears / Derrick Harriell
Dearborn north apartments / Lola Haskins
In Michael Robins's class minus one / Bob Hicok
American apocalypse / Edward Hirsch
Dear John Dillinger, / John Wesley Horton
On the other end. right there / Randall Horton
My great-grandfather takes a business trip, c. 1912 / Ann Hudson
Road trip / Donald Illich
Luminaria / Larry Janowski
Dear Chicago- / Philip Jenks and Simone Muench
One likes to think Chicago / Thomas L. Johnson
The jewel / Richard Jones
Chicago noise (love letter to Steve Albini) / Jarret Keene
Miniature church / Susan Kelly-Dewitt
Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young man laughs / Becca Klaver
The rainiest day in recorded Chicago history / Susanna Lang
At the Palmer House Hilton / Elizabeth Langemak
Dead dead / Quraysh Ali Lansana
At the sea lion pool / Anna Leahy
Chicago : city of neighborhoods / Viola Lee
Emerald ash / Brenna Lemieux
Seasonality of violence / Francesco Levato
Chicago Noir / Gary Copeland Lilley
Too much to take in / Moira Linehan
How should Chicago be governed? / Rachel Loden
Fermata Chicago / Marty McConnell
Sandburg variations / Campbell McGrath
How to hear Chicago / Paul Martínez Pompa
Jack Johnson comes to Chicago / Adrian Matejka
Chicago / Erika Mikkalo
Noon outside the music mart : a sestina / Wilda Morris
Ferris wheel at Navy Pier / Julie Parson Nesbitt
Lee Smith / Joey Nicoletti
Journey / Barbra Nightingale
Chancing upon the manatees / Elise Paschen
A world of our own / Johanny Vázquez Paz
Tracks on the ground, tracks in the sky / Todd James Pierce
Plattdeutsch / James Plath
The Chicago daily blues / Chad Prevost
Walk through Chicago's loop, winter, 2009 / Mark Prudowsky
Windy city / Christina Pugh
Second sister terrorizes second city / Maya Quintero
At Shedd Aquarium / Robyn Schiff
Pigeon lady / Teresa Scollon
Wishbone / Dan Share
And still, a bird is in me / Vivian Shipley
Huck, with music and guns / Barry Silesky
Chicago / Patricia Smith
Meditation on a shorewalk with old Emil in the "windy city" of my youth / Dan Stryk
A sheaf for Chicago / Lucien Stryk
Wall paintings in Chicago bar : "Richard J. Daly, mayor" / Richard Terrill
In the intersection, Jackson and State / Tony Trigilio
Tourists and bum, Art Institute of Chicago / Alpay Ulku
Run for your life / Judith Valente
Adagio Villanelle / Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody
Nighthawks transfixed / Gale Renée Walden
Inheritance / Nicole Walker
Cloud gate / Ellen Wehle
The facts as I know them / Scott Wiggerman
Blueaille / Katherine Williams
Fields / Martin Willitts, Jr.
At the library / Janet Wondra
Chicago Chronicle / Stephen Caldwell Wright
Chicago / Brenda Yates.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "How fitting it is to showcase the vibrant poetry of contempory Chicago as Chicago-based Poetry magazine celebrates its 100th anniversary. Harriet Monroe published Carl Sandburg's now iconic Chicago, with its ringing line, City of the Big Shoulders, in Poetry in 1914. Now Patricia Smith offers an indicting variation that includes the line, City of Cold Shoulders. Editor Van Cleave, a prolific poet and writer, organized this peppery anthology's 100 poems alphabetically by author's name, creating striking chance juxtapositions. Edward Hirsch writes of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, while Lola Haskins writes, Because in all this wide city, there is not / enough light. Quraysh Ali Lansana and Martin Espada write of gang life, Susan Elbe of the stockyards, and Renny Golden of striking steelworkers. A Columbus Day parade inspires Elise Paschen, while Puerto Rican-born Johanny Vazquez Paz writes of Humboldt Park, a Latino neighborhood, Our homeland in exile that floats like a desert island / in the deep and vast sea of the city of Chicago. Provocative reflections on a great American city in all its harsh and inspiring complexities.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects American poetry -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Poetry.
Publisher Iowa City :University of Iowa Press,2012
Contributors Van Cleave, Ryan G., 1972- editor.
Language English
Description xv, 174 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781609380908 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
1609380908 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
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