On City Streets An Anthology of Poetry Author:Nancy Larrick On City Streets is a collection of poems about city sights and people. Nancy Larrick compiled it with the help of more than one hundred inner-city and small city youngsters. She showed them poems about their world--terse, tough, tender, funny, sad but always real; always evoking a familiar scene. — Many of the poems tell of the bitter tragedies o... more »f city life. "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes, "A Sad Song About Greenwich Village" by Frances Park and "Taught Me Purple" by Evelyn Tooley Hunt. The fantastic nonsense of Eve Merriam's "Alligator on the Escalator" and John Holmes' "Rhyme of Rain" show another, happier, side. Some of the poems are by well-known writers: Carl Sandburg, E.B. White, Walt Whitman. Many are by writers less known: Charles Reznikoff, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Some of the poets may be brand new to youngsters below high school age: Gregory Corso, James Tate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. And others, like Langston Hughes, are so essential that without them such an anthology would be unthinkable.
Today, most Americans live in the city, and even those who do not are familiar with urban sights and sounds. On City Streets is made up of poetry that speaks of today's world, alive with the drama of city life. It is illustrated with 41 photographs, especially taken for this volume by David Sagarin.« less