Today’s Birthday: Carl Sandburg

Carl_Sandburg(From poets.org): Carl Sandburg was born in Galesburg, Illinois, on January 6, 1878. His parents, August and Clara Johnson, had emigrated to America from the north of Sweden. After encountering several August Johnsons in his job for the railroad, the Sandburg’s father renamed the family. The Sandburgs were very poor; Carl left school at the age of thirteen to work odd jobs, from laying bricks to dishwashing, to help support his family. At seventeen, he traveled west to Kansas as a hobo. He then served eight months in Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American war. While serving, Sandburg met a student at Lombard College, the small school located in Sandburg’s hometown. The young man convinced Sandburg to enroll in Lombard after his return from the war.
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Fog

By Carl Sandburg

fogThe fog comes

on little cat feet.
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It sits looking

over harbor and city

on silent haunches

and then moves on.
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Read this excellent article about Carl Sandburg: A Workingman’s Poet

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