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Cityscape: Waxing Poetic

by George Bodarky, Morlene Chin
man reciting poetry

FreeVerse Photography, flickr

NYC has provided inspiration to countless poets through the years.

During the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, poet Walt Whitman declared it “the grandest physical habitat and surroundings of land and water the globe affords." His poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” is celebrated by poetry lovers every year in an event in which they cross the Brooklyn Bridge reading poems about the bridge and city. 

So many poets, like Jack Kerouac and Frank O’Hara have also drawn inspiration from New York City.  And the city continues to be a literary muse for poets today.  On this week's Cityscape, we're tapping into New York City's poetry community -- past and present.




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