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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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Come Up From The Fields, Father
by Walt Whitman

Come up from the fields, father, here's a letter from our Pete;
And come to the front door, mother-here's a letter from thy dear

Lo, 'tis autumn;
Lo, where the trees, deeper green, yellower and redder,
Cool and sweeten Ohio's villages, with leaves fluttering in the
moderate wind;
Where apples ripe in the orchards hang, and grapes on the trellis'd


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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 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 Shanty On The Rise
by Henry Lawson

When the caravans of wool-teams climbed the ranges from the West,
On a spur among the mountains stood 'The Bullock-drivers' Rest';
It was built of bark and saplings, and was rather rough inside,
But 'twas good enough for bushmen in the careless days that died --
Just a quiet little shanty kept by 'Something-in-Disguise',
As the bushmen called the landlord of the Shanty on the Rise.

City swells who 'do the Royal' would have called the Shanty low,
But 'twas better far and purer than some toney pubs I know;
For the patrons of the Shanty had the principles of men,


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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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Sunset Downtown
by Evelyn Judy Buehler

high-rises touch sunset skies
and are bathed in many hues
fast cars bright lights raucous noise
eclectic beauty

frowns and smiles people laughing
on the way to a new day
in the now vivid fashions


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Chesslike City, Tehran
by Rosa Jamali

Chesslike City, Tehran
A poem by Rosa Jamali
Translated from original Persian to English by the author

You see the city in my veins fast asleep
Like the obscure web over my brain
As if destroyed the fragments of my memory.

In the morning things were perfect
Just a watchdog which is penetrating incessantly into the eyelids


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Color Your World
by Sarah A

Walking through the city
Headphones in my ears
The world is colored in music

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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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