When I was 18-21 I studied American Literature and Poetry at East Tennessee State University. Poems like Chicago, The People, Yes and others still reverberate in my memory for their raw American soulfulness.

PBS has aired a wonderful, insightful biography about his life and work and how each reflected American history. He created out of the clay of the common people and the earthiness of American landscapes poetry that has more dimensions than any I have encountered since.

Sandburg’s people and places show how we came to be who we are, how we shape the land, and it shapes us; how we love, work and struggle. Here is a site with many of his works in audio.

Turn off the Tube. Enjoy a Sandburg feast! It will do your soul good. I did mine.