Poetry, Poetry Criticism & Poetry Biography

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The Rising of the Ashes
Tahar Ben Jelloun
Two epic poems focus on the bitter consequences of war and violence in the Middle East
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Riverbed of Memory
Pocket Poets Number 49
Daisy Zamora
These are poems written mostly in a time of war, and rooted in the land and people of Nicaragua. Zamora draws deep portraits of women of all classes, often using her own body as a metaphor and starting point. Recalling the years of revolution and...
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Robert Duncan in San Francisco
Michael Rumaker
A revealing portrait of a major poet of the SF Renaissance and a gripping account of late '50s gay life.
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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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Rumi
Jalal al-Din Rumi, Peter Washington
The poetry of the medieval Persian sage Rumi combines lyrical beauty with spiritual profundity, a sense of rapture, and acute awareness of human suffering in ways that speak directly to contemporary audiences. Trained in Sufism—a mystic tradition...
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S O S
Poems 1961-2013
Amiri Baraka
The first comprehensive collection to show the full arc of Baraka's beautiful and revolutionary poetics. Essential. —Recommended by Michael, City lights Books
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Save Twilight: Selected Poems
Pocket Poets Number 53
Julio Cortázar
Newly expanded edition of a classic: the first and only collection of Cortázar's poetry to appear in English.
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School of Udhra
Nathaniel Mackey
School of Udhra takes its title from the Bedouin poetic tradition associated with the seventh-century Arab poet Djamil, the Udhrite school of poets who, "when loving die." Bedouin tradition, however, is only one of the strands of world revery these...
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The Second Four Books of Poems
The Moving Target / The Lice / The Carrier of Ladders / Writings to an Unfinished Accompaniment
W.S. Merwin
W.S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927 and grew up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He worked as a tutor in France, Portugal, and Majorca, and has translated from French, Spanish, Latin and Portugese. He has published more than a dozen volumes...
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Selected Poems
Kenneth Patchen
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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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Sister Outsider
Essays & Speeches
Audre Lorde
Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, SISTER OUTSIDER celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class...
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Sister Spit
Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road
Michelle Tea
The inaugural book of the new 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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