Poetry
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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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Fear, some
Douglas Kearney
Recommended by Tan, City Lights Books. Stealing tropes from militancy to minstrelsy, Fear,some broadcasts from the slippery moments when personal, national, racial and aesthetic anxieties overlap.
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Patter
Douglas Kearney
For a couple struggling with infertility, conception is a war against their bodies. Blood and death attend. But when the war is won, and life stares, hungry, in the parents' faces, where does that violence, anxiety, and shame go? The poems in Patter re-imagine miscarriages as minstrel shows, magic tricks, and comic strips...
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The Divine Kiss
An Exhibit of Paintings and Poems in Honor of David Campagna
Carolyn Kleefeld
Carolyn Mary Kleefeld, painter, poet, writer, in this her 16th book, expresses in paintings and poetry the sacred merging of love into the Beloved.
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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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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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Maldoror
Comte de Lautréamont
André Breton wrote that Maldoror is "the expression of a revelation so complete it seems to exceed human potential." Little is known about its pseudonymous author aside from his real name (Isidore Ducasse), birth in Uruguay (1846)...
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Birds, Beasts and Flowers!
Poems
D. H. Lawrence
D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930) made a contribution to poetry that, in the words of Lousie Bogan, 'can now be recognized as one of the most important, in any language, of our time.' Birds, Beasts, and Flowers!, his first great experiment in free verse, was...
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Behind My Eyes
Poems
Li-Young Lee
“Lee’s lyrics have a tidal sweep as he moves between the universe within and the world without.” —Booklist, starred review...
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Book of My Nights
Li-Young Lee
Book of My Nights is the first poetry collection in ten years by one of the world's most acclaimed young poets. In Book of My Nights, Li-Young Lee once again gives us lyrical poetry that fuses memory, family, culture and history. In language as simple...

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