Today’s The Product Poet Poetry Prompt is to write a poem about the life in your city or about the city itself. For example, I live in a suburb of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) in Minnesota. The two cities are quite different from one another, which I jokingly refer to as the “Tale of Two Cities.”

is considered to be either East of the River (St.Paul) or West of the River (Minneapolis). The River is the great Mississippi River, which some folks don’t realize, originates in northern Minnesota near a town called Itasca.

Search for city names on the Academy of American Poets website, but as an example here is William Blake’s poem London:


William Blake, 1757 – 1827
I wander thro’ each charter’d street,
Near where the charter’d Thames does flow,
And mark in every face I meet
Marks of weakness, marks of woe.

In every cry of every man,
In every Infant’s cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forg’d manacles I hear.

How the Chimney-sweeper’s cry
Every blackning Church appalls;
And the hapless Soldier’s sigh
Runs in blood down Palace walls.

But most thro’ midnight streets I hear
How the youthful Harlot’s curse
Blasts the new-born Infant’s tear,
And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse.