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Poems of New York (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets) [Hardcover]

Elizabeth Schmidt

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1 Oct 2002 Everyman's Library Pocket Poets
New York City has always been a larger-than-life, half-mythical place, and this collection offers an appropriately stunning mosaic of its many incarnations in poetry–ranging from Walt Whitman’s exuberant celebrations to contemporary poets’ moving responses to the September 11 attack on the city.

All the icons of this greatest of cities swirl and flash through these pages: taxis and subways, bridges and skyscrapers, ghettos and roof gardens and fire escapes, from the South Bronx to Coney Island to Broadway to Central Park, and from Langston Hughes’s Harlem to James Merrill’s Upper East Side. Wallace Stevens, e. e. cummings, W. H. Auden, Dorothy Parker, Elizabeth Bishop, Allen Ginsberg, and Audre Lorde are just a few of the poets gathered here, alongside a host of new young voices.

Encompassing as many moods, characters, and scenes as this multifaceted, ever-changing metropolis has to offer, Poems of New York will be treasured by literary lovers of New York everywhere.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for NYC lovers 22 Aug 2002
By Kevin C. Fitzpatrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you are looking for something to read as 9/11 solace, get this book. I can't say enough about how good it is. As a Dorothy Parker fan, I was looking for something about NYC by classic poets, and came across "Poems of New York" by accident. It is a perfect gift book to give others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poetry For All 26 Dec 2003
By FKC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've never been a fan of poetry. In fact this is the first book of poetry I have ever purchased, purchased out of a sense of loving my city. I have been continually amazed by the evocative imagery found throughout this excellently chosen group of poems. They bring a full sense of what New York City is and was, and provide both a sense of being here and that experience has not varied much over time.
What prevents a 5 star rating, and this is picky perhaps, is that the poet's names are printed after, rather than before the work, something which I found confusing when poems went on for several pages.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous collection, even for folks who think they don't like poetry 30 Sep 2005
By Writer44 - Published on Amazon.com
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I've given away several dozen copies of this book as gifts to friends who visit New York (including their teenage children), English teachers both American and foreign, and to new, literary friends who find it a fascinating introduction to the city I've lived in for over 25 years. It offers a comprehensive array of top-drawer writers in a focused, thematic collection. And the Everyman edition is beautiful--small and elegant with a gold ribbon bookmark. If you like NYC, or have an interest in cities and the writers who have lived in them, check this out.
5.0 out of 5 stars Father's Day gift 6 July 2013
By Holly - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a gift for my brother, and he enjoyed it very much! The poems start from long ago, up to the present time about NewYork.
5.0 out of 5 stars an extraordinary collection 6 Dec 2010
By Susan S. Hambleton - Published on Amazon.com
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this is invaluable in its feel and generosity and richness of spirit about New York. I can't recommend it highly enough! Also so portable and beautiful
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