Poetry, Poetry Criticism & Poetry Biography

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Selected Poems from Les Fleurs du mal
A Bilingual Edition
Charles Baudelaire
In a masterly translation by Norman Shapiro, this selection of poems from Les Fleurs du mal demonstrates the magnificent range of Baudelaire's gift, from the exquisite quatrains to the formal challenges of his famous sonnets. The poems are presented...
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Selected Poems of Malcolm Lowry
Pocket Poets Series Number 17
Malcolm Lowry, Earle A. Birney
First collection of Lowry's poetic canon, including most of the Mexican verses related to his novel, Under the Volcano.
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Selected Works
Justin Chin, Jennifer Joseph
A Bay Area legend who knew how to excite readers, make them laugh, leave them devastated. Then, make them fall in love (with him), say "Heck yeah!" & clap their hands until it hurt—it still hurts. A beautiful soul taken too soon. —Recommended by Jared
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The Shadow of Sirius
W.S. Merwin
Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Featured on NPR's "Fresh Air" and "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS. Honored as one of the "Best Books of the Year" from Publishers Weekly. "In his personal anonymity, his strict individuated...
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Sister Spit
Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road
Michelle Tea
The inaugural book of the City Lights/Sister Spit Series! A collection of writing and artwork from Sister Spit, the hilariously feminist, gender-bending, genre-busting literary roadshow.
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Sleeping, Sinning, Falling
Mutsuo Takahashi
Sleeping Sinning Falling is a generous volume of selected and new poems, written over the last twenty-five years by one of the major voices in twentieth century Japanese poetry. The translations are by Hiroaki Sato, who has published over twelve...
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Solar Poems
Homero Aridjis
Visionary poems by Mexico's famed poet-activist
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Spring and All
Facsimile Edition
William Carlos Williams
A beautiful facsimile of the 1923 original edition which is considered "one of the greatest poems of the twentieth century". (The New York Times)Spring and All is a manifesto of the imagination — a hybrid of alternating sections of prose and free...
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Stars Seen in Person
Selected Journals
John Wieners, Michael Seth Stewart
Four unpublished journals by a master of the form, one of the greatest American poets of the 20th Century.
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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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Stranger in Town
City Lights Spotlight No. 4
Cedar Sigo
Redolent of Wieners, Whalen, and Lamantia, Stranger in Town is the second coming of the SF Renaissance.
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Stranger Music
Selected Poems and Songs
Leonard Cohen
For the first time in paperback—the selected work of the legendary singer, poet, and performer. Stranger Music presents a magnificent cross-section of Cohen's work—including 11 previously unpublished poems—and demonstrates definitively that Cohen is a writer of dazzling intelligence and a force that transcends genres.
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Stray Poems
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 6
Alejandro Murguía
New work from San Francisco's first Latino Poet Laureate! "In the city of poets, Murguía has become the activist voice of refugees and exiles—as so many of us are, even as natives—at the center of the Americas. Disguised by its sensuous intimacy, soothing and ennobling, his is a poetry that arms the resistance."—Dagoberto Gilb
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Sun Bear
Matthew Zapruder
Matthew Zapruder's poems begin in the faint inkling, in the bloom of thought, and then unfold into wide-reaching meditations on what it means to live in the contemporary moment, among plastic, statistics, and diet soda. Written in a direct, conversational style, the poems in Sun Bear display full-force why Zapruder is one of the most popular...

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