A People’s History of Chicago (Coval)

It takes a certain amount of audacity to select the title Coval did, but based on his poetry at least, Coval seems anything but shy. His poems, which range from before 1492 to March of 2017, hit some known highlights of Chicago’s history as well as some less commonly known people and events. Many of the poems are accompanied by great illustrations by an assortment of artists. My two favorites are “The Great Migration” and “Two Cities Celebrate Independence Day.” I haven’t lived in Chicago for a while, but it seems to me that Coval hits many of the issues the city is struggling with, including its most prominent one, though one that is likely more of a symptom than a cause – gun violence, including police gun violence.

Coval’s site


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