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The City Planners
by Margaret Atwood

Cruising these residential Sunday
streets in dry August sunlight:
what offends us is
the sanities:
the houses in pedantic rows, the planted
sanitary trees, assert
levelness of surface like a rebuke
to the dent in our car door.
No shouting here, or
shatter of glass; nothing more abrupt


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The City In Which I Loved You
by Li-Young Lee

And when, in the city in which I love you,
even my most excellent song goes unanswered,
andI mount the scabbed streets,
the long shouts of avenues,
and tunnel sunken night in search of you...

That I negotiate fog, bituminous
rain rining like teeth into the beggar's tin,
or two men jackaling a third in some alley
weirdly lit by a couch on fire, that I


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The Prospector
by Robert William Service

I strolled up old Bonanza, where I staked in ninety-eight,
A-purpose to revisit the old claim.
I kept thinking mighty sadly of the funny ways of Fate,
And the lads who once were with me in the game.
Poor boys, they're down-and-outers, and there's scarcely one to-day
Can show a dozen colors in his poke;
And me, I'm still prospecting, old and battered, gaunt and gray,
And I'm looking for a grub-stake, and I'm broke.

I strolled up old Bonanza. The same old moon looked down;


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by Charlotte Brontë

A Short Poem or Else Not Say I

True pleasure breathes not city air,
Nor in Art's temples dwells,
In palaces and towers where
The voice of Grandeur dwells.

No! Seek it where high Nature holds
Her court 'mid stately groves,
Where she her majesty unfolds,


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by Michael Palmer

Write this. We have burned all their villages

Write this. We have burned all the villages and the people in them

Write this. We have adopted their customs and their manner of dress

Write this. A word may be shaped like a bed, a basket of tears or an X

In the notebook it says, It is the time of mutations, laughter at jokes,
secrets beyond the boundaries of speech


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The City Is a Garment
by Michael R. Burch

These are poems about city life, poems about modern life and relationships, Also poems about cities like Alexandria, Chernobyl, Hiroshima, Louisville, Memphis, Moscow, Nashville and Salzburg,

The City Is a Garment: Nashville
by Michael R. Burch

A rhinestone skein, a jeweled brocade of light,—
the city is a garment stretched so thin
her festive colors bleed into the night,


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O' Toronto
by Lee-Ann Azzopardi

If I die here, let it be known
You were my happy place
Not Disney
As the smell of the sewers
Cascade into my nostrils
I think, one day, I'll grab the literati
Of this city and be praised
O' Toronto let down yr hair
And save me from these small town doldrums
That put a chain around my ankles to


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Roses in Gold
by Evelyn Judy Buehler

Roses in gold sheen
glinting fire at hot June noon
Sun washed garden blooms
Sparkling city paved in gold
in scents of summer so old

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And the City Again/І знову місто (Ukr.)
by Halyna Myroslava

і знову місто проникає в тебе нотою мі
фонити без перерви саксофонним гуком вулиць
мі мі мі
вмістилище містики

викладений щільними ярусами
як велетенська надбудова
над стисненою від страху ріллею


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Terraced Iron Mountain
by Ayatullah Nurjati

My neighborhood is flanked by terraced iron mountains
Dark clouds seemed to surround him
The river water is also murky black
They say they are victims of urbanization

A city that always beats 24 hours a day
Its activities have been bound in a labyrinth
Modernity displays the face of emptiness
I, who live there, find it very, very difficult to meet and chat with honesty


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Popular Famous Poets about City
  • Walt Whitman
    Walt Whitman (53 poems about City)
    31 May 1819 - 26 March 1892 / New York / United States
  •  Homer
    Homer (40 poems about City)
    Disputed - c 850 B.C.E. / Disputed
  • Henry Lawson
    Henry Lawson (35 poems about City)
    17 June 1867 – 2 September 1922 / Grenfell, New South Wales
  • Alan Seeger
    Alan Seeger (20 poems about City)
    22 June 1888 - 4 July 1916 / New York City, New York
  • Khalil Gibran
    Khalil Gibran (16 poems about City)
    January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931 / Bsharri
  • Allen Ginsberg
    Allen Ginsberg (10 poems about City)
    June 3, 1926 - April 5, 1997 / Newark, New Jersey
  • Czeslaw Milosz
    Czeslaw Milosz (10 poems about City)
    30 June 1911 – 14 August 2004 / Kedainiai
  • Constantine P. Cavafy
    Constantine P. Cavafy (7 poems about City)
    29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria
  • David Lehman
    David Lehman (7 poems about City)
    June 11, 1948 / New York City
  • Arthur Henry Adams
    Arthur Henry Adams (5 poems about City)
    6 December 1872 – 4 March 1936 / Lawrence / New Zealand
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