It was a long time ago
I have almost forgotten my dream
But it was there then
In front of me
Bright like a sun—My Dream.

-Langston Hughes, “As I Grow Older.”

The scale and drama of New York City have inspired poets for generations. In City Limits magazine’s next issue, the poetic voice of a particular generation—those aged 16 to 24—will be featured. We’ll print a poem, or poems, by writers in that age group who send us compelling work about the joys and challenges of moving from childhood to adulthood in the big city. There are no requirements on length, topic, style—just send your best poem to