By Paul Engle
The legacy of poet Paul Engle, who died in 1991, contains the overseas Writing software on the college of Iowa, which he helped present in 1967, and the memoir A fortunate American adolescence. Engle grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, through the Nineteen Twenties on a hardscrabble farm the place his kin struggled to make ends meet. no longer inevitably the conventional education floor for a poet and educator, yet Engle unearths in his youth the uncooked fabrics that formed him not just as a poet yet as someone to boot.
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His beak was down; his eyes were glazed and sometimes closed; Page 5 now and then he would utter not one of the red-sounding crows with which he celebrated the morning sun or his kindness to one of the beauties in his harem but a sad, self-pitying, life-despairing croak. Bob must have been fifteen years old and I five. He came running into the house, crying, "Mama, rooster's sick. We gotta do somethin'. What we gonna do? Hurry. Poor rooster. He's mine. " Mother was cooking, but as always when a child needed care, she turned down the fires and without taking off her apron rushed out to the coop.
A lot of it was hand-sewn: "Paul, sleeves are hardest to fit in. " She once made me a corduroy suit, holding the thick material hard as she fed it under the needle, her feet flashing on the treadle, the bobbin bobbing, the spool of thread unwinding steadily. She knew how to open the head of the machine when thread got stuck inside and to clear it and rethread. Like most housework then, sewing, even with a machine, was physical labor. She had the strong legs of a farm girl, kept firm by miles of walking.
I would help her lay the pattern out on the floor with the cloth and hold both tight while she cut out the shapes. A lot of it was hand-sewn: "Paul, sleeves are hardest to fit in. " She once made me a corduroy suit, holding the thick material hard as she fed it under the needle, her feet flashing on the treadle, the bobbin bobbing, the spool of thread unwinding steadily. She knew how to open the head of the machine when thread got stuck inside and to clear it and rethread. Like most housework then, sewing, even with a machine, was physical labor.