Poetry, Poetry Criticism & Poetry Biography

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The Book of Training by Colonel Hap Thompson of Roanoake, VA, 1843
Percival Everett
Percival Everett's The Book of Training by Colonel Hap Thompson of Roanoke, VA, 1843, Annotated From the Library of John C. Calhoun, is poetry within the harsh confines of a mock historical document―a guidebook for the American slave owner.
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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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Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman
Bob Kaufman, Neeli Cherkovski, Raymond Foye, Tate Swindell
Collected for the first time, the complete surviving works of a major African-American Beat Surrealist poet. ––Recommended by Paul Yamazaki, head book buyer, City Lights Bookstore
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Deer Trails
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 7
Kim Shuck
San Francisco's new poet laureate—a Native American and native San Franciscan—explores urban space and the natural world.
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More Gone
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 18
Edmund Berrigan
From New York School scion and memoirist, a new book of poems considering domesticity in the heart of the city.
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Arcana
A Stephen Jonas Reader
Stephen Jonas, Garrett Caples, Derek Fenner, David Rich, Joseph Torra
Stephen Jonas is a crucial missing piece of the postwar American poetry puzzle.
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water/tongue
mai c. doan
Elegiac poems that offer a glimpse of the possibilities beyond and in spite of the narrative. ––Recommended by Josiah
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Doomstead Days
"I'm in awe of Brian Teare’s wonderful new book: Standing as threshold between our own capacity to discover natural wonders and the understanding of how it is all being destroyed (sometimes simply by our presence) is an extraordinary place to remain open to the world."––Recommended by Chris C., City Lights Publishers
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Ascend Ascend
Janaka Stucky
Equal parts Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" and Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain,” Ascend Ascend documents the ecstatic destruction of the self through its union with the divine. ––Recommended by Caitlyn
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The Summer of Dead Birds
Ali Liebegott
A poet documents depression and grief in this autobiographical novel-in-verse.
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What's in a Name?
Poems
Poems of effervescent grace from one of the best- known and best-loved poets of Portugal. - Recommended by Josiah
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Time's Language
Selected Poems (1959-2018)
Margaret Randall
Time's Language contains powerful poems of witness as well as personal poems, and autobiographical prose pieces (that read like prose poems), recounting a life of resistance, the life of a life-long literary and political revolutionary.
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The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way
On Writers and Writing
Charles Bukowski, David Stephen Calonne
A collection of columns, reviews, introductions, interviews, and previously uncollected stories revealing the method behind the madness and critical acumen of Charles Bukowski.
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Cruel Futures
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 17
Carmen Giménez Smith
A Latina feminist State of the Union address at the intersection of pop culture and interiority.

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