Poetry & Poetry Criticism

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Come On In!
Charles Bukowski
another comeback climbing back up out of the ooze, out of the thick black tar, rising up again, a modern Lazarus. you're amazed at your good fortune. somehow you've had more than your share of second chances. hell, accept it. what you have, you...
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Broken World
Joseph Lease
"Poems as cool as they are passionate, as soft-spoken as they are indignant, and as fiercely Romantic as they are formally contained. . . . An exquisite collection!" – Marjorie Perloff
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Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience
William Blake
This beautiful, hardcover gift edition allows Blake to communicate with his readers as he intended, reproducing his illuminations and lettering from the finest existing example of the original. In this way readers can experience the mystery and beauty...
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Howl on Trial
The Battle for Free Expression
Bill Morgan, Nancy J. Peters
The inside story of the publication and defense of Howl in correspondence, documents and photographs.
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Rumi
Jalal al-Din Rumi, Peter Washington
The poetry of the medieval Persian sage Rumi combines lyrical beauty with spiritual profundity, a sense of rapture, and acute awareness of human suffering in ways that speak directly to contemporary audiences. Trained in Sufism—a mystic tradition...
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Jazz Poems
Ever since its first flowering, jazz has had a powerful influence on American poetry; this scintillating anthology offers a treasury of poems that are as varied and as vital as the music that inspired them.From the Harlem Renaissance to the beat...
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Slouching Toward Nirvana
New Poems
Charles Bukowski
the short poem like the short life may not be the best thing but generally it's easier. this is a short poem at the end of a long life sitting here looking at you now then saying adios!...
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Poetry and Protest
A Dennis Brutus Reader
Dennis Brutus, Aisha Karim, Lee Sustar
“We in South Africa needed the support of the international community in our efforts to end the vicious system of racial oppression called apartheid. We had to have eloquent advocates to tell the world our story and persuade it to come to our...
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Ariel
The Restored Edition: A Facsimile of Plath's Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection and Arrangement
Sylvia Plath
When Sylvia Plath died, she not only left behind a prolific life but also her unpublished literary masterpiece, Ariel. When her husband, Ted Hughes, first brought this collection to life, it garnered worldwide acclaim, though it wasn't the draft Sylvia...
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Still Another Day
Bilingual Edition
Pablo Neruda
"Neruda's lyricism wakes us up, even in the face of death, to the connections we have with our land, inner and outer."-Los Angeles Times Book Review The first authorized English translation of Aún, considered among Neruda's finest long poems. More...
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Poeta En San Francisco
Barbara Jane Reyes
Barbara Jane Reyes’s Poeta en San Francisco is a linguistic tour de force, incorporating English, Spanish, and Tagalog in a book-length poem at once lush and experimentally rigorous. From the vantage of San Francisco, Reyes looks outward to the...
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The Other Side of the Postcard
devorah major
In conjunction with the San Francisco Public Library, poet laureate devorah major made a public appeal for poems that explored the realities of people's lives in a city as tough and tragic as it is beautiful and exhilarating. This anthology collects...
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Why I Wake Early
New Poems
Mary Oliver
“Mary Oliver continues to tutor us in attention, gratitude, and reverence in this new collection of forty-seven poems.”—Frederick and Mary Brussat, Spirituality and Health Praise for Owls and Other Fantasies:“Mary Oliver is beautiful and accurate in...
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Crush
Richard Siken
Richard Siken's Crush, selected as this year's winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, is a powerful collection of poems driven by obsession. Siken writes with ferocity, and his reader hurtles unstoppably with him. His poetry is confessional, gay...

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