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League of Inveterate Poets

The out-of-context contextuality of a foolish sage

Two Ex-Chicagoans and Sandurg’s Chicago

By on April 7, 2009

chicagoIn honor of National Poetry Month my friend author Mindy Withrow is posting a poem a day. Today it’s Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago.” Sandburg’s poem acknowledges that Chicago is indeed a wicked, crooked, brutal place; and yet, he slugs back at anyone who would make that the whole picture of his city. Chicago, he says, “like a young man laughs…as an ignorant fighter laughs who has never lost a battle.”

All cities are like that to some extent: at the same time harsh and cruel yet containing a richness of life not found in the ‘burbs or country. Sandburg just thinks Chicago has all that to an unparalleled degree. Mindy and her husband Brandon, who once lived in Chicago, seem to agree, as you’ll read in their comments to her post.

The Withrow’s latest book: Rescue and Redeem: Volume 5 Chronicles of the Modern Church (History Lives)



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