The 11 best poems about New York

on March 8 | in Culture, Vintage | by | with 2 Comments

We’ve tracked down the 11 best poems about New York – some joyful, some sad, but all beautiful.

From Allen Ginsberg writing about the ‘streets I’ve done feats in’ to the heartbreak of Sara Teasdale’s ‘man I love who loves me not’, New York is always the backdrop and the inspiration for the poets’ work.

The best poems about New York take you from the bright lights of 1930s Harlem, through Union Square and the Lower East Side, right down to the Staten Island Ferry.

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View across Manhattan from the RCA building

My Sad Self – Allen Ginsberg

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Manhattan skyline at dusk

On Mother’s Day – Grace Paley

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Watertowers on rooftops in New York in winter

Gamin – Frank O’Hara

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Wet streets at Union Square, New York

Union Square – Sara Teasdale

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Vintage photo showing Broadway at night

On Broadway – Claude McKay

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Windows lit up around Central Park at night

Observation – Dorothy Parker

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Atmospheric Harlem at night

Juke Box Love Song – Langston Hughes

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Manhattan bridge from Brooklyn in the 1970s

Refugee Blues – WH Auden

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New York tenements. Photo by Arnold Eagle ©MCNY

A Song of the Moon – Claude McKay

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Tenement building at 103rd Street, New York

Let Me Please Look into my Window – Gerald Stern

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Pillars in New York subway station

Walk about the Subway Station – Charles Reznikoff

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2 Responses

  1. Salem Suleri says:

    Nice to read every poem. Being a Writer, I also wrote on New York. Best Regards to all.

  2. New York is a home to all writers- beginning to end…

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