WBEZ | Garin Cycholl http://www.wbez.org/tags/garin-cycholl Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Poet Garin Cycholl traces Chicago’s western boundaries http://www.wbez.org/story/poet-garin-cycholl-traces-chicago%E2%80%99s-western-boundaries-91489 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-02/old Cook County Hospital_Flickr_John Iwanski.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Poet Garin Cycholl is fascinated by America’s western edge. In his work he often finds himself asking: Where does one draw the line, and mark down the western-most border of the United States?</p><p>“Is it California? Hawaii or Alaska?” Cycholl remarked in <a href="http://www.chicagoflame.com/features/english-professor-garin-cycholl-and-the-boundaries-between-professor-and-person-1.1294408">a 2009 interview</a>. “The most western U.S. aircraft carrier in the Indian Ocean? The most remote Wal-Mart in western China?”</p><p>The Decatur, Ill. native has been known to apply a similar set of queries to his home state.</p><p>His first book, <em>Blue Mound to 161</em>, (Pavement Saw Press 2005) was a book-length poem on “geological and historical displacements in Southern Illinois.”</p><p>Now on the creative writing faculty at the University of Chicago, Cycholl has turned his focus to the city - and to some of its most problematic landmarks.</p><p>In his book-length poem <em><a href="http://www.moriapoetry.com/bonegathebook.pdf">The Bonegatherer</a></em>, (Moria Poetry 2011) Cycholl examines the geographic and social borders of Chicago’s West Side through the history of Cook County Hospital:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">where does “West Side” begin?</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; at the Circle</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; at Racine</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; at Western</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; at Central</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;in County’s waiting room</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The hospital is known for providing coverage to some of Chicago’s poorest residents, and Cycholl’s father worked as a medical student there in the mid-1960's.</p><p>Cycholl writes about the hospital and its spaces – its waiting rooms and examination rooms – in terms of the people who pass through its doors, but also in terms of its place in Chicago’s literal and historical landscape:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">terminus of dis-</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">placement, suburb</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">of Mississippi</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">historically, the</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">spaces defining “West</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">Side”</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">&nbsp;County Hospital and</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">&nbsp;“the riots”</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>but why not prairie</em>?</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp;</p><p><em>The Bonegatherer</em> is available <a href="http://www.moriapoetry.com/bonegathebook.pdf">here</a> in its entirety, but I recommend listening to Cycholl’s reading of the first section of the poem. You can hear his rendition in the audio above.</p><p><em><a href="../../series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range</a> showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified’s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Garin Cycholl read at an event presented by <a href="http://www.universeofpoetry.org/">UniVerse of Poetry</a> in April of 2010. Click <a href="../../episode-segments/chicago-poetry-cram-chicago-public-library-poetry-fest">here</a> to hear the event in its entirety.</em></p></p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 20:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/poet-garin-cycholl-traces-chicago%E2%80%99s-western-boundaries-91489