Slow Trains Overhead: Chicago Poems And Stories

Paperback | March 28, 2017

byReginald Gibbons

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Few people writing today could successfully combine an intimate knowledge of Chicago with a poet’s eye, and capture what it’s really like to live in this remarkable city. Embracing a striking variety of human experience—a chance encounter with a veteran on Belmont Avenue, the grimy majesty of the downtown El tracks, domestic violence in a North Side brownstone, the wide-eyed wonder of new arrivals at O’Hare, and much more—these new and selected poems and stories by Reginald Gibbons celebrate the heady mix of elation and despair that is city life. With Slow Trains Overhead, he has rendered a living portrait of Chicago as luminously detailed and powerful as those of Nelson Algren and Carl Sandburg.

Gibbons takes the reader from museums and neighborhood life to tense proceedings in Juvenile Court, from comically noir-tinged scenes at a store on Clark Street to midnight immigrants at a gas station on Western Avenue, and from a child's piggybank to nature in urban spaces. For Gibbons, the city’s people, places, and historical reverberations are a compelling human array of the everyday and the extraordinary, of poverty and beauty, of the experience of being one among many. Penned by one of its most prominent writers, Slow Trains Overhead evokes and commemorates human life in a great city.

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Few people writing today could successfully combine an intimate knowledge of Chicago with a poet’s eye, and capture what it’s really like to live in this remarkable city. Embracing a striking variety of human experience—a chance encounter with a veteran on Belmont Avenue, the grimy majesty of the downtown El tracks, domestic violence i...

Reginald Gibbons is a poet, fiction writer, translator, and essayist. At Northwestern University, he is professor of English and classics, director of the Center for the Writing Arts, and codirector of the MA/MFA Program in Creative Writing. His most recent poetry collection, Creatures of a Day, was a finalist for the 2008 National Boo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:March 28, 2017Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022647884X

ISBN - 13:9780226478845

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments



Adams & Wabash

A Meeting

Five Pears or Peaches

Ode: Citizens

Avian Time

Elsewhere Children

A Car

Milwaukee & Division

Small Business

Forsaken in the City

A Large Heavy-Faced Woman, Pocked, Unkempt, in a Loose Dress

Admiration

A Leap

II 
Mekong Restaurant

City

Wonder

Ode: At a Twenty-Four-Hour Gas Station

Enough

The Vanishing Point

Just Imagine

On Sad Suburban Afternoons of Autumn

Broadway & Argyle

Slow Motion

Sparrow

An Aching Young Man

Oh

Boy on a Busy Corner

III 
A Man in a Suit

Hungry Man Raids Supermarket

The Blue Dress

The Affect of Elms

Red Line Howard / 95th

Mission

Rich Pale Pink

Friday Snow

Nonna

State & Wacker

On Belmont

Christmas

Celebration

No Matter What Has Happened This May

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"[Gibbons] chronicles the beautiful chaos of his adopted hometown, its furious pace and its powerful history, a history tucked into the creases between the great buildings like a love note left in a school locker."