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From the Archive: Carl Sandburg

Poems that honor the American experience, first published in Poetry magazine.

Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders...
          —Carl Sandburg, from “Chicago,” March 1914

 


Carl Sandburg



Carl Sandburg (1878–1967) was a musician, historian, biographer, fiction writer, and, as he is most well known, a poet. Taking after Whitman, he celebrated the common American experience and was appreciated and read by the masses and scholars alike. He won two Pulitzer prizes, one for his biography of "Abraham Lincoln, and one for his Collected Poems. He once observed: “I'll probably die propped up in bed trying to write a poem about America.”


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Originally Published: January 1, 2006

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