This is a global collection of poems, inciting wanderlust and daydreams. Cities by Elaine Feinstein feels both personal and global at the same time. History and context is clear as well as the current sense of place. Feinstein uses characters to connect people to the purpose at the heart of each poem. The voices she uses are both brave and bold. There is a feeling of the everyday while in the most far-flung locations.
Both At the Chelsea and A Dream of Prague are especially wonderful. The most brilliant thing about reading Cities is that if you’ve been to the places she is describing you recognise it immediately.
Silence makes a home inside me
within my own unhappy chest.
Night, you have undressed yourself
to give me tenderness.
– Three Fado Songs: Rose of Night.