Poetry, Poetry Criticism & Poetry Biography

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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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Savage Beauty
The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
Nancy Milford
This remarkable poet lived the life of a flaming comet. She said it best herself: "My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—It gives a lovely light!" —Recommended by Ivy, 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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Selected Poems
Kenneth Patchen
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Selected Poems
1962-1985
Clark Coolidge
Clark Coolidge is a revered figure in the world of American and world experimental poetry. This Selected Poems will be how Coolidge's revolutionary early works will be read for generations to come. The volume includes an Introduction by Bill Berkson, who writes: "From the heights each poem appears to take its own peculiar plunge.
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Selected Poems of Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes
With the publication of his first book of poems, The Weary Blues, in 1926, Langston Hughes electrified readers and launched a renaissance in black writing in America.  The poems Hughes wrote celebrated the experience of invisible men and women: of...
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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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sifting through the madness for the word, the line, the way
New Poems
Charles Bukowski
from "neither Shakespeare nor Mickey Spillane" young young young, only wanting the Word, going mad in the streets and in the bars, brutal fights, broken glass, crazy women screaming in your cheap room, you a familiar guest at the drunk tank, North...
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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 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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