Within the town of Buffalo
Are prosy men with leaden eyes;
Like ants they worry to and fro,
Important men in Buffalo. . . .
Poet Vachel Lindsay, who has hymned many cities, played up the prosy aspect of "this Buffalo, this recreant town," to get a contrast for the "deathless glory" of nearby Niagara Falls. He reported "sharps and lawyers, prune and tame; Jew pioneers in Buffalo"; and journalists "sick of ink."
How badly misrepresented have been the enthusiastic journalists of...