"Sing a song of
cities./If you do,/Cities will sing back/to you." is Hopkins' invitation to
readers to follow a backpack toting hound on a global
tour of cities via eighteen short poems that celebrate the urban landscape. Hopkins finds much to enjoy and admire in each
stop, the drama of skyscrapers, the simple fun of cooling off in a fire
hydrant, the whoosh of subways, and the bustle of crowds. The localities are
not named, but Hall provides visual clues to encourage the audience to do some
exploring of their own by finding the localities on the endpaper maps.