Honey and Salt

Honey and Salt

by Carl Sandburg
Honey and Salt

Honey and Salt

by Carl Sandburg

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A collection from the Pulitzer Prize–winning American poet with “a sharp lively wit and a tender approach to the human condition” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
Though he was also renowned as a biographer of Abraham Lincoln, Carl Sandburg was first and foremost a poet—upon his death, President Lyndon B. Johnson said “Carl Sandburg was more than the voice of America, more than the poet of its strength and genius. He was America.”
In this outstanding collection of seventy-seven poems, Sandburg eloquently celebrates the themes that engaged him as a poet for more than half a century of writing—life, love, and death. Strongly lyrical, these intensely honest poems testify to human courage, frailty, and tenderness and to the enduring wonders of nature.
“A poetic genius whose creative power has in no way lessened with the passing years.” —Chicago Tribune

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ISBN-13: 9780544416932
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 132
Sales rank: 511,272
File size: 235 KB

About the Author

CARL SANDBURG (1878–1967) was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize, first in 1940 for his biography of Abraham Lincoln and again in 1951 for Complete Poems. Before becoming known as a poet, he worked as a milkman, an ice harvester, a dishwasher, a salesman, a fireman, and a journalist. Among his classics are the Rootabaga Stories, which he wrote for his young daughters at the beginning of his long and distinguished literary career.

Carl Sandburg was an American poet, biographer, journalist, and editor. He is the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. During his lifetime, Sandburg was widely regarded as “a major figure in contemporary literature,” especially for his volumes of collected verse, including Chicago Poems (1916), Cornhuskers (1918), and Smoke and Steel (1920). He enjoyed “unrivaled appeal as a poet in his day, perhaps because the breadth of his experiences connected him with so many strands of American life,” and, upon his death in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson said about the writer: “Carl Sandburg was more than the voice of America, more than the poet of its strength and genius. He was America.”

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Table of Contents

Title Page,
Table of Contents,
Honey and Salt,
Pass, Friend,
Alone and Not Alone,
Love Is a Deep and a Dark and a Lonely,
Anecdote of Hemlock for Two Athenians,
Dreaming Fool,
Lief the Lucky,
Bird Footprint,
Buyers and Sellers,
City Number,
The Evening Sunsets Witness and Pass On,
Deep Sea Wandering,
Call the Next Witness,
Early Copper,
Atlas, How Have You Been?,
Cheap Rent,
Elm Buds,
Child Face,
Fog Numbers,
Evening Questions,
Evening Sea Wind,
Forgotten Wars,
God Is No Gentleman,
Hunger and Cold,
Fame If Not Fortune,
Is Wisdom a Lot of Language?,
Keepsake Boxes,
Impossible Iambics,
Lackawanna Twilight,
If So Hap May Be,
Kisses, Can You Come Back Like Ghosts?,
Lake Michigan Morning,
New Weather,
Love Beyond Keeping,
Moon Rondeau,
Little Word, Little White Bird,
Offering and Rebuff,
Morning Glory Blue,
High Moments,
Old Hokusai Print,
One Parting,
Ever a Seeker,
Old Music for Quiet Hearts,
The Gong of Time,
Prairie Woodland,
Shadows Fall Blue on the Mountains,
Skyscrapers Stand Proud,
Pool of Bethesda,
First Sonata for Karlen Paula,
Thou Art Like a Flower,
Solo for Saturday Night Guitar,
Rose Bawn,
Runaway Colors,
Out of the Rainbow End,
Sun Dancer,
Themes in Contrast,
Two Fish,
Smoke Shapes,
Three Shrines,
Variations on a Theme,
About the Author,

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