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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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Lot's Wife
by Wislawa Szymborska

They say I looked back out of curiosity.
But I could have had other reasons.
I looked back mourning my silver bowl.
Carelessly, while tying my sandal strap.
So I wouldn't have to keep staring at the righteous nape
of my husband Lot's neck.
From the sudden conviction that if I dropped dead
he wouldn't so much as hesitate.
From the disobedience of the meek.
Checking for pursuers.


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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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A Timbered Choir
by Wendell Berry

Even while I dreamed I prayed that what I saw was only fear and no foretelling,
for I saw the last known landscape destroyed for the sake
of the objective, the soil bludgeoned, the rock blasted.
Those who had wanted to go home would never get there now.

I visited the offices where for the sake of the objective the planners planned
at blank desks set in rows. I visited the loud factories
where the machines were made that would drive ever forward
toward the objective. I saw the forest reduced to stumps and gullies; I saw
the poisoned river, the mountain cast into the valley;


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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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Recent City Poems
empire state
by Sarah A

helicopters circling skyscrapers
like flies orbiting giants
past and future meet
across your concrete streets
can’t love it until you leave it
a fading empire
but forever beacon
began to love you
from a distance

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brooklyn after dark
by Sarah A

Trees stand like strangers in the dark

cigarette still smoking smudged on the street

lonely wanderers hunting to make their mark

Brazenly searching for anyone to greet

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The Narrow Streets
by Evelyn Judy Buehler

They wend their way through Sunshine City
Cobblestoned, sloped, and Old World pretty;
And lined with colorful, homes in glad unity,
Streets linked heart to heart, in deep affinity.

Up one crooked path, and down to the river,
As rosy birds sing in green trees that quiver;
And soon arises pearl moon, a glowing sliver,
Making the roads to everywhere a bit clearer.

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This City
by Arthur Fox

This city is not as it seems
With bright lights it startles
It deceives the hopes of many

This city does not Forgive
It is the struggle of life
Dressed up in all the throes of civilisation

The history weighs heavy in this place
And all that have come before


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The Slick City Streets
by Evelyn Judy Buehler

Recent rain has fallen on the slick city streets,
And redbird has suddenly abandoned the fast life!
Downtown still throbs with the city's heartbeats,
Like vast fields, in the time of red butterflies.

Varicolored and ever-changing, as untamed nature,
In its endless movement, charm, sights and sounds,
As sleek cars whiz past, carrying a hint of danger,
In a merry watery world, which vibrancy surrounds.

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  • 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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