Poetry, Poetry Criticism & Poetry Biography

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Calamities
Renee Gladman
In what I'd call 'metafictional literary essays', Renee Gladman references parts of her life and writing, with distance, as if she is an observable thing that we can spectate with wondrous glee. I 'nerd out' over the sentences she's meticulously crafted. It is clever, honest, entertainingly mundane, and so good.
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Of Poetry & 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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Too Much Happens
"Too Much Happens is a collection that mingles personal and major social concerns in an attempt to give voice to a sense of increasing fear for a cherished world in crisis. Catastrophic wars, child soldiers, dried lake beds, the relentless onslaught of bad news. 'What Shall we do with what we know?' Too Much Happens poses a question..."
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Dawn of the Senses: Selected Poems
Pocket Poets Number 52
Alberto Blanco, Juvenal Acosta
Selected Poems of Alberto Blanco
An impressive selection, in bilingual format, from the work of one of Mexico's greatest contemporary writers. Born in Mexico City in 1951, Alberto Blanco is a dynamic and influential voice in the new poetry of Mexico. A musician, artist, essayist...
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Bukowski in a Sundress
Confessions from a Writing Life
Kim Addonizio
Behold the memoir of sex-positive rebel Kim Addonizio! This book moves from gritty/funny/sexy, to emotionally raw, in swift seamless strokes. By the end, you will feel that Kim is an old friend whom you know far too well, but who you think the world of because she's way cooler than you are. —Recommended by Jared, City Lights Books
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Pedro Pietri
Selected Poetry
Pedro Pietri, Pedro Lopez Adorno, Juan Flores
A compelling and humorous collection of poems by the poet laureate of the Nuyorican Poets. Includes previously unpublished works.
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Concerning the Angels
Rafael Alberti
First published in Spain in the summer of 1929, Concerning the Angels (Sobre los angeles) is the great Spanish poet Rafael Alberti's masterpiece, on a par with T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, Pablo Neruda's Residencia en la tierra, and Federico Garcia...
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Compression & Purity
City Lights Spotlight No. 5
Will Alexander
African American surrealism that extends from the ocean floor to the outer reaches of space.
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Poems Retrieved
Frank O'Hara, Donald Allen
A reissue of the classic, essential companion to O'Hara's "Collected Poems," with a new foreword by Bill Berkson.
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Solar Poems
Homero Aridjis
Visionary poems by Mexico's famed poet-activist
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A Time of Angels
Homero Aridjis
A poetic fable, illustrated by one of Mexico's most prominent artists, describes a dreamy contemplation of the reign of angels.
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Personae
The Shorter Poems of Ezra Pound
Lea Baechler, A. Walton Litz
Known for his delicate perception as well as his passionate opinions, Ezra Pound published this, his first collection of poetry, in 1926. Pound was as much a diviner as he was a poet, and his writing is as much observation and experience as it is...
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Afterlives
Poetry
Micah Ballard
AFTERLIVES, or SEVILRETFA as the reversed lettering on the back cover presents it, is the third full-length collection by Micah Ballard. As with recent work, Ballard continues the precarious yet successful envisioning of the spirited haunts of his native Louisiana amidst the streets of his long adopted San Francisco.
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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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