Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tuesdays: Teaser/Whereabouts

I am mostly in Chicago writing down poems about the people, the factories and I hit hard with my harsh reality of a working class. Some of those might make you wince but they ought to make you get out of that lethargy and do something. That something could be just to look around. Misfortunes and social cruelties become part of life when we are apathetic and let them be. Come and fight it. And believe me nothing has changed over the years, centuries for the working class.

~Selected Poems of Carl Sandburg


"Her mother will cry some and so will her sisters
and brothers.
But all the others got down and they are safe
....and this is the only one of the factory girls
....who wasn't lucky in making the jump
....when the fire broke.
It is the hand of God and the lack of fire escapes."

~Page 18, Anna Imroth, Selected Poems of Carl Sandburg


Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you are reading it! Thanks for showing me what I missed :)

The Book Resort said...

Powerful stuff.

Here's mine:


Katrina said...


Teddyree said...

I never think of doing a poetry teaser, that's great.
Here's my Teaser

Harvee said...

I like Carl Sandburg and love Chicago. My teaser is in the Bolivian Andes.

Sharon said...

wow, that is thought provoking. I haven't read any Sandburg in years. Great teaser.

Sassy Brit @ Alternative-Read.com said...

Oh yes, I like the sound of this!

Great stuff. Very good.

Here is my Tuesday Teaser!


jlshall said...

Haven't read any Sandburg in years, but I used to really enjoy his poetry. I need to get back to it one of these days. Great teaser!

Lisa said...

I'm another one of those who hasn't read Sandburg in a long time. Hmmm...summer's a good time for poetry, I think.

My teaser is here.

Carrie K. said...

What a heartbreaking topic for a poem! I need to read some Sandburg.

serendipity_viv said...

I don't read many poetry books but you may have just swayed me.

ds said...

Very powerful quotes. I, too, need to read more Sandburg. Alas, the top statement is still true...Thanks for the reminder.

kayerj said...

poetry and carl sandburg, you can't lose with that combination. I am here

Jo-Jo said...

That one sounds pretty tense...thanks for sharing it.

Suzanne said...

OH! How sad. Here's mine:

Kerri said...

Great idea with a poetry teaser. Thanks for stopping by today.

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