23 but also art galleries and snacks. Really, though, I'd like to be the poet of kindness and learning. Oh, and kisses! And encounters, of course--chance encounters. Robert Gibb ``Gonna Die with My Hammer in My Hand'' Anthology of American Folk Music I heard it first during the folk revival, The Williamson Brothers and Curry With their version of ``John Henry,'' That high ethyl edge to their voices Where the notes frayed off into time, The failure of the early acetates To fully capture the music they miked. Whatever the title, steel drivin' man Is the phrase that told me, growing up, That he was one of our own. Steel was coal raised up, I'd thought, Or broken back down, something You turned into song. A river below us The ferrous of rust. A city that rose From a scrap pile. Those nights 24 I'd lie awake listening to the trains In Homestead and the way they dopplered Back against their passage, Billowing the distances with sound. Monday morning on the Eastbound train . . . I'd range along both sets of tracks After school, kicking up bent spikes, The glisters fallen off the coal cars, Any of
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Jul 1, 2011
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