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Stray Poems
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 6
Alejandro Murguía
Just Arrived! New work from San Francisco's first Latino Poet Laureate! "In the city of poets, Murguía has become the activist voice of refugees and exiles—as so many of us are, even as natives—at the center of the Americas. Disguised by its sensuous intimacy, soothing and ennobling, his is a poetry that arms the resistance."—Dagoberto Gilb
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Robert Duncan in San Francisco
Michael Rumaker
A revealing portrait of a major poet of the SF Renaissance and a gripping account of late '50s gay life.
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San Francisco Chinatown
A Guide to Its History and Architecture
Philip P. Choy
Both a history of America's oldest Chinese community and a guide to its significant sites and architecture San Francisco Chinatown is the first book of its kind, written by someone born and raised there.
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Waifs and Strays
City Lights Spotlight No. 6
Micah Ballard
From the bayous of Louisiana to the pavements of San Francisco, Micah Ballard rounds up his haunting waifs and strays.
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When I Was a Poet
Pocket Poets Number 60
David Meltzer
An autobiographical masterpiece by a prominent Beat poet, who Ferlinghetti has deemed "one of the greats."
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Ten Years That Shook the City
San Francisco 1968-1978
Chris Carlsson
The alliances, programs, and goals of a historic decade that continues to shape SF and the world.
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Stranger in Town
City Lights Spotlight No. 4
Cedar Sigo
Redolent of Wieners, Whalen, and Lamantia, Stranger in Town is the second coming of the SF Renaissance.
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Impossible Princess
Kevin Killian
Impossible Princess is a book John Rechy's or Dennis Cooper's characters would read
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So Many Ways to Sleep Badly
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
"Sycamore kicks mainstream literature in the teeth." —San Francisco Bay Guardian
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King of Shadows
Aaron Shurin
A candid and rich account of gay life as a poet in San Francisco since the 1960s
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All That's Left
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 4
Jack Hirschman
Poems for social justice by San Francisco's Poet Laureate
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Tau By Philip Lamantia and Journey to the End By John Hoffman
Pocket Poets Number 59
Philip Lamantia, John Hoffman
Two new books from the classic Beat period: mystical poems by Philip Lamantia and the long-lost "Six Gallery" poems by legendary hipster John Hoffman.
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Local Girl Makes History
Exploring Northern California's Kitsch Monuments
Dana Frank
A Bay Area historian's nostalgic journey to childhood tourist attractions reveals their hidden stories and universal relevance.
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All Over Coffee
Paul Madonna
"A comic strip with no characters, plot or comedy – just exquisitely observed, fine-lined drawings of sunlit San Francicso, captioned with bittersweet fragments of dialogue. For fans of . . . Pekar's slice-of-life miniatures . . ." – Entertainment Weekly

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