Poems For The People

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In the winter of 1914, Carl Sandburg, then a reporter at The Day Book in Chicago, submitted several of his poems to Harriet Monroe’s Poetry magazine. The title poem began: “Hog Butcher for the World, / Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat...” Monroe at first hesitated to accept the poems because of “their unorthodox form and their range from brutality to misty lyricism.” But she took a deep breath and printed them. In the decade that followed, Sandburg came quickly to national prominence. In Poems for the People, George ...

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Overview

In the winter of 1914, Carl Sandburg, then a reporter at The Day Book in Chicago, submitted several of his poems to Harriet Monroe’s Poetry magazine. The title poem began: “Hog Butcher for the World, / Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat...” Monroe at first hesitated to accept the poems because of “their unorthodox form and their range from brutality to misty lyricism.” But she took a deep breath and printed them. In the decade that followed, Sandburg came quickly to national prominence. In Poems for the People, George and Wilene Hendrick, Sandburg’s most accomplished interpreters, have selected seventy-three poems from his early years in Chicago, almost all of them never before in print. Included are poems of social protest, gentle ruminations, and poems about teeming Chicago life. Sandburg may have regarded them as too radical for the time; others may have been set aside and never retrieved. This unearthed treasure, together with the Hendrick’s biographical introduction and commentary on the poems, mark Poems for the People as a major publishing event.

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Editorial Reviews

Judith L. Everson
These unfamiliar early poems reveal a vigorous young talent whose artistic technique was as experimental as his social vision was unblinkered.
Ronnie Dugger
One needs this book...to know the real Sandburg.
Betsy Colquitt
Vigorous and original...Sandburg still has much to say to us.
Michael Van Walleghen
An absolutely exhilarating read...a genuine literary event, a virtual rediscovery of an American treasure.
KLIATT
If all you know of Carl Sandburg is "Hog Butcher for the World, / Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat," or perhaps "The fog comes / on little cat feet," you might well be typical but you also need to read this book. Sandburg, a populist poet who had "a wide audience among the masses for whom his poetry was deliberately written," is a conundrum in that he has never been as extensively read as one would suppose given his name recognition. Poems for the People has "attempted... to make a representative selection from
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566634038
  • Publisher: Ivan R Dee
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

George Hendrick is professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Willene Hendrick is an independent scholar. The Hendricks are closely associated with the Sandburg estate and for years have worked with the large Sandburg collection at the University of Illinois. George Hendrick’s other books include To Reach Eternity: The Letters of James Jones and Sandburg’s More Rootabagas; together the Hendricks have edited Selected Poems of Carl Sandburg.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Don MacGregor 21
Don MacGregor's Curse 30
Memoir of a Proud Boy 31
Images and Colors 35
Moon Dance 39
Sunday 40
Wings 41
Li Po and Lao Tse Come to Nebraska 42
Fire Flowers 43
Chicago 45
[Two-Dollars-a-Day Wop] 52
Crayon 53
[Wilderness Man] 54
Speed Bug 55
Selling Spiel [on Maxwell Street] 56
Good Woman 57
Now You Take Her 58
Bonbons 59
The Lower Register 60
Studio Saturday Afternoon 61
A Long Shot 62
Young Woman 63
Sandburg to Loeb 65
Sense and Nonsense 67
The Fleas of Flanders 71
The Pie-Wagon Driver 73
[Lullaby] 75
An Indian Legend 77
[Pass This Baby On] 80
Character Studies and Personalities 81
Terry Hut 84
Daniel Boone 85
Theodosia Burr 86
Alice and Phoebe Cary 87
Elbert Hubbard 88
[Davvy Tipton] 89
Socrates 90
Stephen Crane 92
Who Was Hannah Adams? 93
[Tom Edison] 94
John James Audubon 95
Stephen Pearl Andrews 96
Iron Jaw 97
Protest Poems 99
Billy Sunday 104
Both Ways 107
[Finger Pointer] 108
[Wreck a Bank] 109
[Portrait of a Lady] 110
A Talk with God 112
Quotes 113
On Account of This Is a Free Country 114
Nature Poems 117
The Last Star 120
Fires 121
February 122
October 123
November Nocturne 124
Literary and Movie Criticism 125
[He Sez / I Sez] 129
Good and Bad Poets 130
[Henry James] 131
Successful Films 135
African-Americans 137
[A Goner] 141
[Love or Cheap Love] 142
John Arthur Johnson 143
World War I 145
May, 1915 149
[Lilacs of 1917] 150
Christmas Cartoon, 1917 151
Everybody in Town Has Been Drillin' and Drillin' for the Big Parade 152
The Woman on the Billboards 154
Ruminations 155
Acknowledgments 160
Climbers 162
Pigeons 163
Two Shapes in Gray 164
Two Girls and a Father 165
Palooka and Champ 166
Green Hair 167
Mulligatawney 169
Mutt Born 170
[Walt Whitman] 171
Toward The People, Yes 173
They Don't Know It Yet 176
Works Cited in the Introduction and Commentary 179
Index to the Introduction and Commentary 181
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2001

    good for the sandburg scholar

    this is a good collection for the fan of sandburg or the scholar. i wouldn't chose this as your first introduction to sandburg (you'd be much, much better off with the selected poems). the poems are not his best, but they are good for those of us who are already sandburg fans.

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