Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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To Brooklyn Bridge Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this poem?


"To Brooklyn Bridge" is like one of those movies that are "safe for all audiences," but which have raunchy jokes seemingly hidden between the lines. Well, it's not a raunchy poem, but it does make seem to make some references to Crane's homosexuality. In line 37, for example, he seems to be cruising for men in a dark place. One especially, um, imaginative critic even takes the line about the river to be a coded reference to active and passive sexual partners (source).

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