Reflecting on the deaths of Paul Tsongas and Allen Ginsberg within a few months of each other, poet Mark Schorr was moved to illuminate them in the same poem. For many years, "O Mighty Engineer," written in the prophetic mode of William Blake and Ginsberg, has been available online and at public readings around Lowell, Massachusetts.
Now published for the first time in a chapbook form, this edition includes haiku in the disembodied poetics of Jack Kerouac for J.M. Whistler, another mythical figure linked to Lowell. Ginsberg called this form of haiku "American sentences." Schorr has included digital woodcuts of Lowell's bridges to further illuminate these mythical links.