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"...throw their laughter into toil."

I'm finally diving headlong into Carl Sandburg's Chicago Poems (1916), which I've owned for about ten years but have only dabbled in until now. I love his lean but muscular "Subway":
Down between the walls of shadow
Where the iron laws insist,
    The hunger voices mock.

The worn wayfaring men
With the hunched and humble shoulders,
    Throw their laughter into toil.
I can already sense some short fiction (or at least the weekly exercises I've been doing this year) arising from Sandburg's poetry, and from this poem in particular. Terrific stuff.

May 27, 2014 in Books | Permalink

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