A lucky American childhood by Paul Engle

By Paul Engle

The legacy of poet Paul Engle, who died in 1991, comprises the foreign Writing software on the collage of Iowa, which he helped present in 1967, and the memoir A fortunate American adolescence. Engle grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the course of the Nineteen Twenties on a hardscrabble farm the place his family members struggled to make ends meet. no longer inevitably the traditional education flooring for a poet and educator, yet Engle reveals in his youth the uncooked fabrics that formed him not just as a poet yet as an individual besides.

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At seventy, beat-up, jailed for the crime Of beating horror, beauty into rime, I walk the black-out cell block of my brain, Sure I am mad, but sure that I am sane, A cornfield kid, crazy for English words, Old scarecrow lonesome for the screaming birds. Page 1 Eva First memory of Mother: she had taken me to the Linn County Fair at Central City, Iowa, a pleasant place with trees along the Wapsipinicon River. Dad talked with old cronies down at the horse barn and watched the harness races while Mother and I visited the food and sewing exhibitions and talked with Uncle Charlie in the cattle barn where he was competing with his Jersey dairy cows.

Once I asked him where he had been. " Eva left the farm when she married Tom at sixteen. I can only guess what happened to that shy and innocent young girl, but I did once overhear Mother whispering to a cousin, "I grew up with beasts on the farm, but I didn't know about men. " She was soft-voiced but physically strong. In those days a housewife and mother did not merely spend many hours doing necessary things in the kitchen. The work was hard and often heavy. She did our laundry on scrubbing boards in the basement.

He likes his liquor, but his hands don't shake. He talks too much, merely for talking's sake. He seldom bores you, but he makes you mad. He is not really evil, only bad. He likes all animals, dog, cat and woman (For whom his love is humanall-too-human). Some think him worse, now, than he really is. Some think him better than he really is. His hands still calloused from his working youth, His brain is calloused bending too much truth. Eyeball to eyeball, he and his memory stare As glittering mirrors into mirrors' glare.

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