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Poems of New York

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  151 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
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:
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 13th 2002 by Everyman's Library
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Sofia Aguilar
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
"Poems of New York" is a collection of poems, a love letter to the magnificent city of New York with contributions from esteemed poets such as Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, and Langston Hughes. In an effort to capture the spirit and essence of New York, this collection will strengthen your love of the city that never sleeps.

As always, I find it difficult to review a book that features a variety of contributors. Overall, I found it an enchanting read and it was that comfort food before I went t
J.W. Dionysius Nicolello
Great pocket-sized hardcover anthology. I've had three Everyman collections in my life. The first was Rimbaud, which I stole and carried around with me everywhere in my late teens. Second was the Beat Poets, from ex-wife overseas. Third is Poems of New York, bought for a dollar at the library. I even got a complimentary glass of sparkling grape juice and two of those delicious buttermilk (?) cookies which come in circular, royal-blue-unto-purplish tin. I tip my hat to the bums drinking port wine ...more
Sep 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All poets
Recommended to Michelle by: Jerome C. (former college classmate)
New York, New York

"Bananas ripe and green, and ginger root,
Cocoa in pods and alligator pears,
And tangerines and mangoes and grape fruit,
Fit for the highest prize at parish fairs…"

This stanza is pulled from the Claude McKay poem "The Tropics of New York" which can be found in Poems of New York— an anthology selected and edited by Elizabeth Schmidt. McKay's stanza above not only sums up New York (one can get anything in New York), but it also sums up this anthology— these poems are "tangerine
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010-reads, poetry
If any city deserves a collection of poetry dedicated to it, it's New York. Bustling, churning, overflowing, and overwhelming, NYC has been many things to many people and many poets, and the need to have that urban rhythm commemorated is unquestionable. I just question whether this is the commemoration New York deserves. Everyman collections are generally fairly good, but this one - published in 2002 - feels like a bit of a post 9/11 rush to get something feel-good on the market. It's a bit hea ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't love all of the choices. But overall a fine collection. Would be a lovely little gift for someone moving to New York.
Jes Kast-Keat
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-york-city, poetry
audre lorde, c.k. williams, walt whitman all writing about my favorite place? beautiful.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a charming collection of poems. New York – what a subject! – its buildings, people, events, lives, architecture, and the tragedy of 9/11. As I read through these poems I understood so many of them – never having been a resident of that rumbling city, I nonetheless have spent a lot of time there. I love the heart of New York, and I found it again in these pages. Poems are from the 19th, the 20th, and the 21st centuries. You will remember some of them well, or perhaps you will know many of ...more
Oliver Chamberlain
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Of course I would love a collection of poems about my favorite city on Earth. It’s nice to read what goes on in the thoughts of famous poets as they roam the streets of New York.
Jun 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who live in NY and like NY
Shelves: 11thgradereading
As a way to finish my 25 book list I chose to read two poetry books one about love and the other one about New York City. When I was finished with this book I felt so happy and greatful about living in NY. What was interesting about all the peoms was that all the poems were so different from each other. Some of the poems that I really liked was OBSERVATIONS by Dorothy Parker, THE WEARY BLUES and JUKE BOX LOVE by Langston Huges, THE NEW YORKERS by Nikki Giovanni and other a few other poems. I tho ...more
Rosa Lee Mullins
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book of poetry from the New York Public Library over Spring Break and read it after I had returned home. I absolutely love the poems in this collection. They are very real and true to New York, describing the people who walk the streets, the subway, the NY weather and atmosphere, and the impact of the 9/11 attacks. The writing is dense, lyrical, beautiful, and memorable, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I wish it could have ended with a couple of poems more about the city itself, but it includes TWO poems by the great June Jordan along with the requisite Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, and other poets I now need to look up, so how much can I really complain? (Though I will note that complaining would be very New York.)
Christa Sigman
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I am not a big fan of poetry but needed a book for my 2016 reading challenge. Having recently moved to NYC, I checked this one out of the Queens library. I actually enjoyed our much more than I thought I would. Very interesting that Wat Whitman's NY is actually not much different than today easy to see as you compare poems from later writers
Meghan J.
Nov 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
It's only getting 1 star from me because well, I read this book as a part of a reading challenge and knowing nothing of poetry this seems as good a pick as any. Most poems I just glazed over reading them and couldn't really grasp what they were about really...I feel sorta bad! Maybe I'll try another book of poetry but put a little research in and see if I can't find something I like!
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
New York is a complex place and this anthology provides multiple points of views into this city and its people.

However the anthology lacks the work of many poets who have portrayed a deeper relationship with the city.

The author of this collection has simply chosen to portray the cities vastness, overcrowding, and business.
Fatema Al Fardan
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was ok

I had high expectations. The cover was gorgeous, the size was cute and the titles were intriguing. However the poems weren't good, which kinda defeats the whole purpose of a poem book.

Had fun with the '123rd Rap' poem, where I translated it into Arabic. My class couldn't stop laughing. We all agreed that the poem was much better in Arabic.
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012, poetry
Thanks lovely Heather! what a wonderful birthday gift to get in the mail ~ : >

"The Pennycandystore beyond the El
is where I first
fell in love
with unreality..."
~Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Dec 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, in-english, cities
No tengo ni idea de poesía y me ha llevado casi un año leerlo.
Dicho esto: este libro tiene posiblemente la edición más bonita que he visto en mi corta vida.
Mark Stratton
May 22, 2010 rated it liked it
A great idea, when you stop and think about it, yet it is stylistically all over the place which for me makes the poems of varying value. This is just my humble perspective, but there it is...
Nov 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
I felt the collection was discombobulated and tough to get through. It needed to be or organized differently (by time, subject?) in order to flow and remain enjoyable.
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
I liked a couple of the poems a lot, a few poems a little, and many of them not at all. This is a real mixed bag, to be sure.
Aug 07, 2011 added it
A good selection of new and old for stumbling-upon and discovery. Recommended.
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