Poetry & Poetry Criticism

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Joie de Vivre
Selected Poems 1992-2012; City Lights Spotlight No. 9
Lisa Jarnot
A selection from twenty years of poetry from one of the key avant-garde women poets of the post-Language generation.
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Trance Archive
New and Selected Poems; City Lights Spotlight No. 3
Andrew Joron
Like a chance encounter between Einstein and Breton, Trance Archive embraces philosophy, science, and surrealism.
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Women in Public
City Lights Spotlight No. 13
Elaine Kahn
City Lights Spotlight No. 13: Women in Public dismantles and reassembles the humor, absurdity, and often terror that inform our interactions with gender, sexuality, and amorous consumption.
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Collected Poems
Jack Kerouac, Marilene Phipps-Kettlewell
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Where Was I?
Stephen Kessler
In these hybrid writings—a mixture of memoir, prose poetry, personal essay, travel journal, and spiritual meditation—Stephen Kessler synthesizes a lifetime of experiences in language of extraordinary concentration, vividness, and lyricism. The stories he tells and the visions he evokes of places and people he has known could be anyone's...
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Psyche of Mirrors
A Promenade of Portraits
Carolyn Kleefeld
Do not take Psyche of Mirrors lightly. All these creatures, the Schnoozlers, Lisa-Fleur, Sui-lan, Bernadine the Butterfly and the others, have lives of their own and will not leave you alone after you have met them. They will come up in your dreams or...
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This Is Not a Skyscraper
Dean Kostos
This Is Not a Skyscraper examines New York City through a surrealist lens. Like the title of Magritte's painting, "This is not a pipe," these poems question perceptions of the metropolis. While NYC entices talents that swarm its stages, museums, runways, and readings, throngs of outsiders live on the city's margins, silenced.
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On Time
Poems 2005 - 2014
Joanne Kyger
On Time contains poem that speak like smoke rings drifting through a Bolinas afternoon. I can say with certainty that she is one of best poets writing in English today, and we are lucky to be alive to read her thought-nerves doing what they do best in a mundane and profound and ever-changing world. —Recommended by Jackson, City Lights Books
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The World's Embrace
Abdellatif Laâbi
Selected Poems
Compelling poems from one of the most prolific and critically acclaimed of contemporary North African writers. Imprisoned for many years by the Moroccan authorities, Laabi's poetry is haunted by memories of torture and prisons and bears witness to...
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Bed of Sphinxes
Selected Poems
Philip Lamantia
Allen Ginsberg wrote that Philip Lamantia was one of his poetic teachers, an American soothsayer on the level of Edgar Allen Poe, and I don't know how much more encouragement you'd need to check out this stunning collection. "The Owl" ("the dark steps...
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Meadowlark West
Philip Lamantia
Meadowlark West is the final complete collection of poetry written by legendary surrealist and beat-era author, Philip Lamantia (1927-2005). It is, in many ways, his masterpiece...
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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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The Way It Wasn't
From the Files of James Laughlin
James Laughlin
Lavishly illustrated, The Way It Wasn't offers an intimate firsthand encounter with 20th-century Modernism, from the extraordinary man who defined it for America. James Laughlin—poet, ladies' man, heir to a steel fortune, and the founder of New...
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Bogeyman Dawn
Raina J. León
In Boogeyman Dawn, Raina Leon explores the space between some of our worst nightmares and the awakening of hope. Leon does not look away from even the rawest of wounds in the psyche, the flesh, and the social body, but it is through carefully wrought images and patiently distilled language that she entices us to follow her gaze and trust that dawn

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