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Refusing Heaven
Jack Gilbert
More than a decade after Jack Gilbert's The Great Fires, this highly anticipated new collection shows the continued development of a poet who has remained fierce in his avoidance of the beaten path. In Refusing Heaven, Gilbert writes compellingly...
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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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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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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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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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The Riot Inside Me
More Trials & Tremors
Wanda Coleman
Coleman is best known for her "warrior voice." [But her] voice too can weep elegiac, summoning memories of childhood's neighborhoods – her South L.A.'s wild-frond palms, the smog-smear of pre-ecology consciousness. Her voice hits notes as desperate as...
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Don't Let Me Be Lonely
An American Lyric
Claudia Rankine
In this powerful sequence of TV images and essay, Claudia Rankine explores the personal and political unrest of our volatile new century I forget things too. It makes me sad. Or it makes me the saddest. The sadness is not really about George W. or our American optimism; the sadness lives in the recognition that a life can not matter.
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Written In Water
The Collected Prose Poems
Luis Cernuda
While Cernuda's verse is vivid testimony to various aspects of his biographical itinerary, it is in his prose poems that he traces more explicitly an outline of his life's journey. Reviewing this work, Octavio Paz wrote: "In these memories and...
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The Essential Neruda
Selected Poems
Pablo Neruda
This collection of Neruda's most essential poems will prove indispensable. Selected by a team of poets and prominent Neruda scholars in both Chile and the U.S., this is a definitive selection that draws from the entire breadth and width of Neruda's...
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Cocktails
Poems
D. A. Powell
kids everywhere are called to supper: it's late it's dark and you're all played out. you want to go homeno rule is left to this game. playmates scatter like breaking glassthey return to smear the ______. and you're it--from "[you'd want to go to...
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Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair
Dual Language Edition
Pablo Neruda
First published in 1924, Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada remains among Pablo Neruda's most popular work. Daringly metaphorical and sensuous, this collection juxtaposes youthful passion with the desolation of grief. Drawn from the...
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Where River Meets Ocean
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 3
devorah major
This collection of poetry begins with the poet's inaugural address as Laureate of San Francisco, a sparkling essay that shows how poetry can please and empower. Strong, introspective and caring, major's poems capture the challenge and joy of being an...
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Nine Alexandrias
Pocket Poets Number 56
Semezdin Mehmedinovic
Following his depiction of Bosnia under siege in the much celebrated Sarajevo Blues, Semezdin Mehmedinovic´ now explores the vast space of his new continent. Mostly written in response...

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