Poetry
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The Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer
An Amusement
Kenneth Patchen
Can you imagine why a pornographer would be shy? Are you satisfied with the state of (a) World Society (b) your soul (c) American writing? Are you in the habit of reading books that could have been written by anybody? Do you really want the truth? Do...
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The Mercy
Poems
Philip Levine
Philip Levine's new collection of poems (his first since The Simple Truth was awarded the Pulitzer Prize) is a book of journeys: the necessary ones that each of us takes from innocence to experience, from youth to age, from confusion to clarity, from...
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Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
Charles Bukowski
The cultural ambassador of the flophouse hits hard to the body with poems about this lousy thing called life.
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Mute Objects of Expression
Francis Ponge
Part poetry, part notebook writings, this imaginative book is classic Ponge. Here he takes objects to the limits of description, often retracting or rebutting his own pursuits it getting at the essence of such natural wonders as birds, insects, and flowers. Never claiming to it in the act of writing poems, Ponge's technique...
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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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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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New and Collected Poems
1931-2001
Czeslaw Milosz
New and Collected Poems: 1931–2001 celebrates seven decades of Czeslaw Milosz's exceptional career. Widely regarded as one of the greatest poets of our time, Milosz is a master of probing inquiry and graceful expression. His poetry is infused with a...
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New and Selected Poems, Volume Two
Mary Oliver
As Diane Wakoski has noted, the power of Mary Oliver's Frost-influenced pastoral writing is in her ability to cast a spell, to create "the illusion that the natural world is graspable." Oliver's fierce independence, beautiful imagery, and love and...
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New Collected Poems (with CD)
George Oppen
George Oppen's New Collected Poems gathers in one volume all of the poems published in books during his lifetime (1908-84), as well as previously uncollected poems and also a selection of his unpublished work. Oppen, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1969...
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News of the World
Philip Levine
In this "characteristically wise" (The New York Times Book Review) collection from one of our most celebrated poets, Philip Levine brings us finely made, powerfully telling imagery from the worlds of hand, heart, and...
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The Night Torn Mad With Footsteps
New Poems
Charles Bukowski
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Night Train to Shanghai
And Other Memories of China
Gerald Nicosia
Night Train To Shanghai, Gerald Nicosia's fourth collection of poetry, traces the writer's love affair with a country he had trouble even imagining in his Fifties childhood in the American Midwest. Among the surprises in store for him were adopting his first child, Wu Ji (who became the American Amy)...
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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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No Eyes
Lester Young
David Meltzer
In 1959, at the age of fifty, tenor man Lester Young a lyrical player, his airy tone haunted by a breathy melancholy died alone in the Arvin Hotel in Manhattan. David Meltzer's latest book is a poetic meditation on the last year of Young's life, a...

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