Poetry, Poetry Criticism & Poetry Biography

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Xicancuicatl: Collected Poems
Alfred Arteaga, David Lloyd
This book by one of the most important Chicanx poets is so breathtaking that it defies comment. --Recommended by Solomon
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For Now
Eileen Myles
In this raucous meditation, Eileen Myles offers an intimate glimpse into creativity's immediacy.
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BORDERLAND APOCRYPHA
!HIJOLE! but theres something in the ground in Fresno that grows amazing Chicanx poets….. And now here comes Anthony Cody. Cody does nothing less than unearth our history and decolonizes the poem on the page, reforming it into a powerful timeline of Mexican Lynchings in the U.S and deeply felt family memories. --recommended by Josiah
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Nepantla
An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color
Christopher Soto
Here are reasons to sing, to shiver, to cry, to snap, to bark, to love, to feel-- in resonance. Words to keep near your pillow, and to read on the train, and to keep on your tongue. EVERY POEM HERE IS GOOD. --Recommended by Jared, City Lights Booksellers
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Of Poetry and Protest
From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin
This extraordinary volume collects the poems of forty-four of America's most talented African American wordsmiths, including Pulitzer Prize– winning poets Rita Dove, Natasha Tretheway, Yusef Komunyakaa and Tracy K. Smith, as well as the work of other luminaries such as Elizabeth Alexander, Ishmael Reed, Nikki Giovanni and Sonia Sanchez.
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Storage Unit for the Spirit House
Maw Shein Win
With sharp focus and startling language, the poems in Maw Shein Win's second book, Storage Unit for the Spirit House, look through physical objects to glimpse the ephemeral, the material, and the immaterial.
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Why the Black Hole Sings the Blues
Poems, 2007-2020
Ishmael Reed
A new collection of poems from the American author, poet, and playwright Ishmael Reed.
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Califia Burning
New and Selected Poems, 1987-2020
A new collection of poems from the American poet Tennessee Reed.
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Under the Dome
Walks with Paul Celan
Jean Daive
An arresting memoir of the final years and tragic suicide of one of twentieth-century Europe's greatest poets, published on the centenary of his birth.
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RESISTENCIA ' POEMS OF PROTEST & REVOLUT
Tina Escaja
Poems of Protest and Revolution is an extraordinary collection, rooted in a strong tradition of protest poetry and voiced by icons of the movement and some of the most exciting writers today.
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Every Day We Get More Illegal
Juan Felipe Herrera
A State of the Union from the nation's first Latino Poet Laureate. Trenchant, compassionate, and filled with hope.

*Get a signed book plate by Juan Felipe! We'll include one with each book purchase while supply lasts.

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CAR MA
Alison Mosshart
CAR MA is artist and musician Alison Mosshart's first printed collection of paintings, photographs, short stories, and poetry.
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Finna
Poems
Nate Marshall
Sharp, lyrical poems celebrating the Black vernacular—its influence on pop culture, its necessity for familial survival, its rite in storytelling and in creating the safety found only within its intimacy --recommended by Paul
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Natch
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 20
Sophia Dahlin
Queer pastoral lyrics take on the romantic sublime in a stunningly assured debut collection.

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