Poems of New York by Elizabeth Schmidt
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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.

About Elizabeth Schmidt

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Elizabeth Schmidt is a contributing editor to the literary magazine Open City and poetry reviewer for the New York Times Book Review.
Published August 13, 2002 by Everyman's Library. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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From Walt Whitman's ""Mannahatta"" to Ted Berrigan's ""Whitman in Black"" and beyond to Hettie Jones's ""Dust A Survival Kit, Fall 2001,"" Poems of New York collects poetic responses to Gotham's many facets.

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