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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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Satan Says
Sharon Olds
As the first book published by my favorite confessional poet, this collection is what it is to have Satan whispering in your ear. With a loose narrative told in four parts that reflects on what it is to exist as a woman/human in different contexts, this collection has everything one could ever want. —Recommended by Jared, City Lights Books
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Upstream
Selected Essays
Mary Oliver
Upstream follows Oliver as she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, her boundless curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her, and the responsibility she has inherited from Shelley, Wordsworth, Emerson, Poe, and Frost, the great thinkers and writers of the past, to live thoughtfully, intelligently, and to observe with passion.
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City of Memory and Other Poems
Jose Emilio Pacheco
The leading poet of his generation, Jose Emilio Pacheco is one of Mexico's most esteemed and beloved writers. City of Memory and Other Poems presents two of his finest poetry collections, accompanied by beautifully rendered translations. The first...
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Volcán
Barbara Paschke, Alejandro Murguía
Volcan
Poems from Central America
A contact bomb, a volcano ready to erupt" describes not only Central America in the 1980s but-in the conception of its editors-this anthology of contraband poetry. The poems themselves were often copied by hand and smuggled onto Mexico, from...
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Roman Poems
Pocket Poets Number 41
Pier Paolo Pasolini
The Italian film-maker Pier Paolo Pasolini was first and always a poet-the most important civil poet, according to Alberto Moravia, in Italy in the second half of this century. His poems were at once deeply personal and passionately engaged in the...
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State of Exile
Pocket Poets Number 58
Cristina Peri Rossi
A tender, moving, and multi-layered portrait of the pain, loneliness and permanent nostalgia of exile.
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Tender Buttons
The Corrected Centennial Edition
Gertrude Stein, Seth Perlow
We present a centennial edition of the modernist classic featuring over 100 corrections by Stein herself. The Modern Language Association's Committee on Scholarly Editions has designated it an MLA Approved Edition. Congrats to editor Seth Perlow!
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Poems of Fernando Pessoa
Fernando Pessoa
Fernando Pessoa is Portugal's most important contemporary poet. He wrote under several identities, which he called heteronyms: Albet Caeiro, Alvaro de Campos, Ricardo Reis, and Bernardo Soares. He wrote fine poetry under his own name as well, and...
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Out of Print
City Lights Spotlight No. 14
Julien Poirier
New in the City Lights Spotlight Series: Out of Print is a bicoastal surrealistic political poetry extravaganza.
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Paroles
Pocket Poets Number 9
Jacques Prevert
Selected Poems
In the years immediately following World War II, Jacques Prevert spoke directly to and for the French who had come of age during the German Occupation. First published in 1946 by Les Editions de Minuit, a press with its origins in the Underground...
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Citizen
An American Lyric
Claudia Rankine
So groundbreaking is Rankine's work that it's almost impossible to describe; suffice it to say that this is a poem that reads like an essay (or the other way around) — a piece of writing that invents a new form for itself, incorporating pictures, slogans, social commentary...
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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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Red-Haired Android
Jeremy Reed
In England, Jeremy Reed has emerged from the obscurity of small presses through a string of books with Jonathan Cape at the heart of the British literary scene. Yet Jeremy Reed remains and outsider, working in an imaginative post-surreal area, breaking...

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