The Day Carl Sandburg Died

Posters: How Carl Sandburg Saw Chicago

CHICAGO POEMS, published by Carl Sandburg in 1916, is an ode to a city. It’s a clear eyed and unapologetic love letter: where you tell your true-love you love them not in spite of their imperfections but because of them. This was Sandburg’s first volume of poetry, written in the years just after 1912 when he moved to Chicago.

In some ways, Sandburg’s writing was before its time–more like the social realism you associate with the later 1920s and 1930s–think Grant Wood’s American Gothic, think Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother. This was a time when industry, agriculture, and the worker were the heros of popular art.

Sandburg starts Chicago Poems with “Chicago.” Read it here and see its opening stanza visualized in poster art.

The Day Carl Sandburg Died

Full Film

It’s life and times of American Master, Carl Sandburg. See the film, The Day Carl Sandburg Died, from American Masters and writer, director and editor, Paul Bonesteel.

The Day Carl Sandburg Died

Studs Terkel: Sandburg Packs a Wallop

The late and great Studs Terkel, author of Hard Times, Working, and The Good War, and his last thoughts on Carl Sandburg and the America Terkel documented and recorded his whole life.

“I also say, ‘The People, Yes,'” Terkel says, referring to the 300 page Sandburg poem of the same name. “But I have to add a proviso: The People, Perhaps or The People, Maybe.”

The Day Carl Sandburg Died

Carl Sandburg on Chicago, U.S.A.

See and hear Carl Sandburg’s Chicago in a scene from The Day Carl Sandburg Died. It’s a city that’s the archetype of America: where we all come from. And, that’s what came through in Sandburg’s work from when he first wrote “Chicago” and published it as a part of Chicago Poems in 1916.