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Mortal Trash
Poems
Kim Addonizio
Chew with your mouth closed and read this book. —Recommended by Ryan
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Music for Mussolini
Nick Johnson
Excellent debut from San Francisco-via-Baltimore poet Nick Johnson, which is stuctured in musical movements in order to deconstruct and reconstruct his world—both fictional and real, political and apolitical. Like getting to know someone. —Recommended by Chris, City Lights Publishers
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My Afterlife Guaranteed
Nanos Valaoritis
Full of wit and wonder, these prose poems, meditations, and narratives open onto rare and unexpected vistas of history and myth, language, and the art of writing. Nanos Valaoritis was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1921, of Greek parents. He has...
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My Private Property
Mary Ruefle
Marvelous prose poems inside! Colorful pinwheels of sadness (or happiness) spinning throughout, and the titular poem about shrunken heads—what more could a reader ask for? —Recommended by Cassie, City Lights Books
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Nervous Device
City Lights Spotlight No. 8
Catherine Wagner
With Nervous Device, Catherine Wagner explores the boundary the poem marks between poet and audience, questioning the potential for human connection.
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The Night Torn Mad With Footsteps
New Poems
Charles Bukowski
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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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Notes on the Assemblage
Juan Felipe Herrera
"[This year] Juan Felipe Herrera's Notes on the Assemblage has been a ladder of hope . . ."––Ada Limón, The New Yorker
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Notes on Thought and Vision
Hilda Doolittle (H.D.)
Notes on Thought and Vision by Imagist poet H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) is an aphoristic meditation on how one works toward an ideal body-mind synthesis; a contemplation of the sources of imagination and the creative process; and a study of gender...
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Ode to Walt Whitman
Federico Garcia Lorca
Collected here in one bilingual edition are new translations of four small books of poems that were published during Federico Garcia Lorca's lifetime and span his most creative years. First Songs, poems inspired by the Andalusian countryside are...
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Odes
Sharon Olds
Olds gives us a stunning book of odes. Opening with the powerful and tender "Ode to the Hymen," Olds addresses and embodies, in this age-old poetic form, many aspects of love and gender and sexual politics in a collection that is centered on the body and its structures and pleasures.
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Of Being Dispersed
Simone White
I keep thinking if I keep this book close to me then Simone White will befriend me and share her brilliant thoughts as she moves through the world, but until then I'll just keep reading this stellar collection. —Recommended by Cassie, City Lights Books
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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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Old Angel Midnight
Jack Kerouac
"The only book I've ever written in which I've allowed myself to say absolutely anything I want."—Jack Kerouac

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