Bum Town

Bum Town Bum Town is Tony Fitzpatrick s allegorical tale of a journey through Chicago with the ghost of his father revisiting the places that have changed remembering the uncle who died as a boy trying to hop

  • Title: Bum Town
  • Author: Tony Fitzpatrick Stuart Hood
  • ISBN: 9781882688258
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bum Town is Tony Fitzpatrick s allegorical tale of a journey through Chicago with the ghost of his father revisiting the places that have changed, remembering the uncle who died as a boy trying to hop a freight during the Great Depressions, praising and dispraising a city of dreams and despair.

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    1 thought on “Bum Town”

    1. It shimmers. There are some really beautiful parts. Engines and machines shovel us around. A city is a city because of the impermanence of what it contains/consumes. Driving around is an experience. More or less my take away.

    2. Tony Fitzpatrick’s book-length poem Bum Town is a tough but deeply moving ode to Fitzpatrick’s father and the disappearing Chicago they once knew. From the very first stanza (“From 79th Street/Southworks flexed its/Muscle of light,/An infinite halo/Of orange and white;/Like they had captured/The sun/In four steel walls…”), Fitzpatrick sets the tone: his poem will not be about the Chicago of skyscrapers and celebrities and victory, but of railroad tracks and steel mills and rubbled lots [...]

    3. Tony Fitzpatrick is a local artist/poet. This poem and the accompanying etchings are his love song to Chicago and an ode to his dead father. The poem takes the form of memories of car rides he took with his dad, who was a burial vault salesman. For every Chicago neighborhood they drove through, the dad had a story to tell. Bittersweet for me, as my father used to do the same thing.

    4. Poetry and drawings by Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick. He makes it OK for big scary guys to draw and write touching poetry from the heart. And he does it well. This work makes me think of the lives and work of my mother's side of the family from the south side of Chicago and their hustle for survival.

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