City of the Big Shoulders: an anthology of Chicago Poetry, edited by Ryan G. Van Cleave. Library Call Number: PS572.C5C58 2012.
Rather than a compilation of poets from Chicago (though most hail from there), Van Cleave has collected poems from 100 writers with the same thematic impulse: to pull a piece of Chicago out for poetic examination. Notable poets such as Joy Harjo, Barry Silesky and Bob Hicock and Nina Corwin all represent the past, present and future of the Windy City in their work.
I want to eat
in a city smart enough to know that if you
are going to have that heart attack, you might
as well have the pleasure of knowing
you’ve really earned it.