Capitalism and American Noiseintroduced readers to the musical, comedic, and impassioned voice of poet Campbell McGrath. Now, in Spring Comes to Chicago, McGrath pushes deeper into the jungle of American culture, exposing and celebrating our native hungers and dreams. In the centerpiece of the book, "The Bob Hope Poem," McGrath confronts the paradoxes that energize and conCapitalism and American Noiseintroduced readers to the musical, comedic, and impassioned voice of poet Campbell McGrath. Now, in Spring Comes to Chicago, McGrath pushes deeper into the jungle of American culture, exposing and celebrating our native hungers and dreams. In the centerpiece of the book, "The Bob Hope Poem," McGrath confronts the paradoxes that energize and confound us--examining his own avid affection for People magazine and contemplating such diverse subjects as Wittgenstein, meat packers, money, and, of course, Bob Hope himself. Whether viewing this life with existential gravity or consumerist glee, McGarth creates poetry that is at once public and profoundly personal....
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Spring Comes To Chicago Reviews
This book contains 3 poems by poet Campbell McGrath. The center piece is the 80 page work "The Bob Hope Poem," a work in many different poetic styles (free verse, haiku, standard unrhymed rhythmic verse, etc.) along with quotations from a variety of books, including some anthropological works such as Marshall Sahlins' Islands of History, and historical works such as William Cronon's Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West,. The poem addresses a thousand or more issues: European colonization of the Pacific islands, early capitalism, capital and money, Chicago, People magazine, blizzards, squirrels, and, of course, Bob Hope. The greatest strengths of the poem are that it is very accessible, even if you don't read a lot of poetry, that it presents many interesting ideas in original formulations, and humor.The greatest weakest of the poem, in my opinion, is that the author has a tendency for using too humor, when it is not necessary. It turns into facetiousness at some points.McGrath won a MacArthur "genius" fellowship; I think that this poem was the reason.
Campbell McGrath was born in Chicago and received his BA from the University of Chicago. While his work these days as a teacher of creative writing and English at Florida International University is more Florida focused in name and writing location, it’s clear from this collection that the seasons and their effects on the poet were still fresh in his mind at the time of the writing. Continuing where Capitalism and American Noise left off, McGrath takes the reader on an American journey. And who best to take them there than one of the great living American poets of our time.
I like Campbell McGrath's poetry, so I was surprised at how luke warmly I responded to these poems. Although I appreciate his ability to string out the long Bob Hope poems into this interwoven meditation on American culture, the fact is the poem didn't feel like it went anywhere. At the end of what dominates the book, I was feeling let down, till I read "Pregnancy Triptych." He's always smart, and his ability to weave pop culture, found text, and wry humor into the work is appreciated, but there are stronger McGrath collections.
Style: masterfulContent: chock-full of nowAnd yet, somehow, I found myself on my 'Team Dickinson' wagon. All of us lean one way or another... and Whitman, of whom McGrath is obviously descended, has never been my thing.I recognize great, great work when I read it. It just never hit me where it hurts.
I <3 Delphos, Ohio. Second or third time reading this collection. Only the vaguest idea on who Bob Hope was so I definitely carry on missing some references, comfortably saving the option of research for the next go-round.
A great book of poems from a former U of C professor. The poems often center around Chicago culture and attractions. The title poem is a refreshing poem that every Chicagoan must read after an arduous five month winter.
Campbell McGrath, AB'84AuthorFrom our pages (The Core, Winter/14): http://thecore.uchicago.edu/Winter201...
My favorite of McGrath's output, "The Bob Hope Poem" slays.
Four words for ya: The Bob Hope Poem.
The Bob Hope Poem is my favorite poem ever.