Harrison Street Court

Original Text: 
Carl Sandburg, Chicago Poems (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1916), p. 152. PS 3537 A618C5 1916 Robarts Library.
2Speaking to a companion
3Say these words:
5Never keeps nothin'
6For all her hustlin'.
7Somebody always gets
8What she goes on the street for.
9If it ain't a pimp
11I been hustlin' now
12Till I ain't much good any more.
13I got nothin' to show for it.
14Some man got it all,
15Every night's hustlin' I ever did."


1] Harrison Street: an east-west principal thoroughfare crossing the Chicago River in the downtown area. Grand Central Station is found on this busy street. Back to Line
4] Hustles: prostitutes herself. Back to Line
10] bull: policeman, cop. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.