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  •  James Wright Pulitzer Prize winning poet played (8+ / 0-)

    football and graduated from Martins Ferry HS. Martins Ferry is about 15 miles south of Steubenville and the football Friday Nights invigorates the citizens of the Ohio Valley every fall, like a new birth. This poem was included in his 1959 Pulitzer winning The Branch Will Not Break. Like Wright once said, "I don't think I'm very popular back in Martins Ferry". This is the Valley mentality..Parochial and tunnel visioned captured well by Wright..

    James Wright: Autumn Begins In Martins Ferry, Ohio

     In the Shreve High football stadium,
    I think of Polacks nursing long beers in Tiltonsville,
    And gray faces of Negroes in the blast furnace at Benwood,
    And the ruptured night watchman of Wheeling Steel,
    Dreaming of heroes.

    All the proud fathers are ashamed to go home.
    Their women cluck like starved pullets,
    Dying for love.

    Their sons grow suicidally beautiful
    At the beginning of October,
    And gallop terribly against each other's bodies.

    "Round up the usual suspects"

    by NanaoKnows on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 09:33:35 AM PDT

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