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Ready for Chicago Summer?

Itasca, Illinois, poet Michael Lee Johnson can help you out with his poem, "South Chicago Night and Day." Johnson's latest chapbook, From Which Place the Morning Rises, is available here. Johnson is also the editor and publisher of four poetry Web sites that are open to submissions. Check them out through his personal Web site, and send some of your own poetry his way!

"South Chicago Night and Day"

By Michael Lee Johnson/Short Version

Night is drifters,

sugar rats, street walkers, pick-pockets, pimps,

insects, Lake Michigan perch,

neon signs blinking half the bulbs

burned out.

In the warmth of morning sun, lips grinning,

sidewalks folding open,

the big city drifts, and sailboats

lean against the Lake Michigan sand.

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