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Golden Book of Springfield

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The Golden Book of Springfield is a captivating and profound collection of poems by Vachel Lindsay that beautifully captures the essence of the American Midwest. Through vivid imagery and lyrical language, Lindsay paints a vivid portrait of the people and landscapes of Springfield, Illinois.

Each poem in this collection is a celebration of the beauty and simplicity of everyday life, from the bustling marketplaces and busy streets to the quiet rural countryside. Lindsay's deep connection to his hometown shines through in his heartfelt verses, which are brimming with nostalgia and a deep sense of pride in his roots.

What sets this book apart is Lindsay's ability to weave together the past and present, seamlessly blending history and myth with contemporary life. His poems are both timeless and timely, offering a poignant reflection on human nature and the enduring spirit of community.

The Golden Book of Springfield is a treasure trove of poetic gems that will resonate with readers of all ages. Lindsay's evocative language and keen observations make this collection a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the rich tapestry of American life and culture.

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The Golden Book of Springfield is American poet Vachel Lindsay's strange and mystical odyssey through the Springfield, Illinois of 2018, where the residents of that city strive to turn their home into a democratic utopia. It is a "Springfield a hundred years hence," a dreamlike space of spiritual and social awakenings. But when the threat of international war begins to loom over the horizon, the citizens of Springfield must find new ways to protect their city and keep it a "practical City of God."

This is Vachel Lindsay's only long-form narrative work and a fascinating entry into the utopian fiction subgenre that came about after the publication of Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward. - Summary by Chuck Williamson

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