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Smoke and Steel

by Carl Sandburg

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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967)
A member of the Chicago Group of the early 1900s.
Simple Americana
Smoke And Steel (a simplified phrase) speaks volumes of my heritage
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"I have been in Pennsylvania,
In the Monongahela and the Hocking Valleys.
And in places
Along the Appalachian chain,
I saw steel arms handling coal and iron,
And I saw the white-cauliflower faces
Of miners’ wives waiting for the men to come home from the day’s work."
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"In the blood of men and the ink of chimneys
The smoke nights write their oaths:
Smoke into steel and blood into steel;
Homestead, Braddock, Birmingham, they make their steel with men.
Smoke and blood is the mix of steel." ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 25, 2016 |
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