SMOKE AND STEEL

BY CARL SANDBURG

Author of "Chicago Poems," "Cornhuskers"

NEW YORK HARCOURT, BRACE AND COMPANY 1921

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents v
  • Smoke Nights 1
  • Smoke and Steel 3
  • Five Towns on the B. and O. 11
  • Work Gangs 12
  • People Who Must 17
  • People Who Must 19
  • Alley Rats 20
  • Eleventh Avenue Racket 21
  • Home Fires 22
  • Hats 23
  • They All Want to Play Hamlet 24
  • The Mayor of Gary 25
  • Omaha 26
  • Galoots 27
  • Crabapple Blossoms 28
  • Real Estate News 30
  • Manual System 31
  • Stripes 32
  • Honky Tonk in Cleveland, Ohio 33
  • Crapshooters 34
  • Soup 35
  • Clinton South of Polk 36
  • Blue Island Intersection 37
  • Red-Headed Restaurant Cashier 38
  • Boy and Father 39
  • Clean Curtains 41
  • Crimson Changes People 42
  • Neighbors 44
  • Cahoots 45
  • Blue Maroons 46
  • The Hangman at Home 47
  • Man, the Man-Hunter 48
  • The Sins of Kalamazoo 49
  • Broken-Face Gargoyles 55
  • Broken-Face Gargoyles 57
  • Aprons of Silence 59
  • Death Snips Proud Men 60
  • Good Night 61
  • Shirt 62
  • Jazz Fantasia 63
  • Do You Want Affidavits? 64
  • Old-Fashioned Requited Love 65
  • Purple Martins 66
  • Brass Keys 68
  • Pick-Offs 69
  • Manufactured Gods 70
  • Mask 71
  • Playthings of the Wind 73
  • Four Preludes on Playthings of The Wind 75
  • Ossawatomie 79
  • Long Guns 81
  • Dusty Doors 82
  • Flash Crimson 83
  • The Lawyers Know Too Much 85
  • Losers 87
  • Places 88
  • Threes 89
  • The Liars 90
  • Prayer After World War 93
  • A. E. F. 94
  • Bas-Relief 95
  • Carlovingian Dreams 96
  • Bronzes 97
  • Let Love Go On 98
  • Killers 99
  • Clean Hands 100
  • Three Ghosts 102
  • Pencils 103
  • Jug 105
  • And This Will Be All? 106
  • Hoodlums 107
  • Yes, the Dead Speak to Us 109
  • Mist Forms 113
  • Calls 115
  • Sea-Wash 116
  • Silver Wind 117
  • Evening Waterfall 118
  • Crucible 119
  • Summer Stars 120
  • Throw Roses 121
  • Just Before April Came 122
  • Stars, Songs, Faces 123
  • Sandpipers 124
  • Three Violins 125
  • The Wind Sings Welcome in Early Spring 126
  • Tawny 127
  • Slippery 128
  • Helga 129
  • Baby Toes 130
  • People with Proud Chins 131
  • Winter Milk 132
  • Sleepyheads 133
  • Sumach and Birds 134
  • Women Washing Their Hair 135
  • Peach Blossoms 136
  • Half Moon in a High Wind 137
  • Remorse 138
  • River Moons 139
  • Sand Scribblings 140
  • How Yesterday Looked 141
  • Paula 142
  • Laughing Blue Steel 143
  • They Ask Each Other Where They Came From 144
  • Throwbacks 146
  • Wind Song 147
  • Three Spring Notations on Bipeds 148
  • Sandhill People 150
  • Far Rockaway Night Till Morning 151
  • Hummingbird Woman 152
  • Buckwheat 153
  • Blue Ridge 154
  • Valley Song 155
  • Mist Forms 156
  • Pigeon 157
  • Chasers 158
  • Horse Fiddle 159
  • Timber Wings 161
  • Night Stuff 162
  • Spanish 163
  • Shag-Bark Hickory 164
  • The South Wind Says So 165
  • Accomplished Facts 167
  • Accomplished Facts 169
  • Grieg Being Dead 170
  • Chords 171
  • Dogheads 172
  • Trinity Peace 173
  • Portrait 174
  • Potomac River Mist 175
  • Jack London and O. Henry 176
  • His Own Face Hidden 177
  • Cups of Coffee 178
  • Passports 179
  • Smoke Rose Gold 181
  • Tangibles 182
  • Night Movement--New York 183
  • North Atlantic 184
  • Fog Portrait 188
  • Flying Fish 189
  • Home Thoughts 190
  • In the Shadow of the Palace 191
  • Two Items 192
  • Streets Too Old 193
  • Savoir Faire 194
  • Mohammed Bek Hadjetlache 196
  • High Conspiratorial Persons 197
  • Baltic Fog Notes 198
  • Circles of Doors 201
  • Circles of Doors 203
  • Hate 204
  • Two Strangers Breakfast 205
  • Snow 206
  • Dancer 207
  • Plaster 208
  • Curse of a Rich Polish Peasant on His Sister Who Ran Away with A Wild Man 209
  • Woman with a Past 210
  • White Hands 211
  • An Electric Sign Goes Dark 212
  • They Buy with an Eye to Looks 214
  • Proud and Beautiful 215
  • Telegram 216
  • Glimmer 217
  • White Ash 218
  • Testimony Regarding a Ghost 219
  • Put off the Wedding Five Times And Nobody Comes to It 220
  • Baby Vamps 222
  • Vaudeville Dancer 223
  • Balloon Faces 224
  • Haze 227
  • Haze 229
  • Cadenza 232
  • Memoranda 233
  • Corn Hut Talk 236
  • Branches 238
  • Rusty Crimson 239
  • Letter S 240
  • Weeds 241
  • New Farm Tractor 242
  • Pods 243
  • Harvest Sunset 244
  • Night's Nothings Again 245
  • Panels 251
  • Panels 253
  • Dan 254
  • Whiffletree 255
  • Mascots 256
  • The Skyscraper Loves Night 257
  • Never Born 258
  • Thin Strips 259
  • Five Cent Balloons 260
  • My People 261
  • Swirl 262
  • Wistful 263
  • Basket 264
  • Fire Pages 265
  • Finish 266
  • For You 267
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