Poetry & Poetry Criticism

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Pedro Pietri: Selected Poetry
Pedro Pietri, Pedro Lopez Adorno, Juan Flores
A compelling and humorous collection of poems by the poet laureate of the Nuyorican Poets. Includes previously unpublished works.
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Concerning the Angels
Rafael Alberti
First published in Spain in the summer of 1929, Concerning the Angels (Sobre los angeles) is the great Spanish poet Rafael Alberti's masterpiece, on a par with T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, Pablo Neruda's Residencia en la tierra, and Federico Garcia...
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Compression & Purity
City Lights Spotlight No. 5
Will Alexander
African American surrealism that extends from the ocean floor to the outer reaches of space.
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The Inferno of Dante
Bilingual Edition
Dante Alighieri
This widely praised version of Dante's masterpiece, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award of the Academy of American Poets, is more idiomatic and approachable than its many predecessors. Former U.S...
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Solar Poems
Homero Aridjis
Visionary poems by Mexico's famed poet-activist
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A Time of Angels
Homero Aridjis
A poetic fable, illustrated by one of Mexico's most prominent artists, describes a dreamy contemplation of the reign of angels.
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Darkness Spoken
The Collected Poems of Ingeborg Bachmann
Ingeborg Bachmann
Darkness Spoken gathers together Ingeborg Bachmann's two celebrated books of poetry, as well as early and late poems not collected in book form, over 100 of them appearing in English for the first time, as well as 25 poems never before published in...
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The Shorter Poems of Ezra Pound
Lea Baechler, A. Walton Litz
Known for his delicate perception as well as his passionate opinions, Ezra Pound published this, his first collection of poetry, in 1926. Pound was as much a diviner as he was a poet, and his writing is as much observation and experience as it is...
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Waifs and Strays
City Lights Spotlight No. 6
Micah Ballard
From the bayous of Louisiana to the pavements of San Francisco, Micah Ballard rounds up his haunting waifs and strays.
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Pulp Sonnets
Tony Barnstone
Improvising on the tropes of classic pulp fiction, including genres like crime noir, horror, sci-fi, superhero, espionage, and vigilante, Tony Barnstone's audacious new poems are counterpointed by the mischievous (and blood-splattered) ink drawings of Iranian artist Amin Mansouri. At times reinventing the sonnet tradition...
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Les Fleurs Du Mal
Charles Baudelaire
Winner of the American Book Award in Translation for 1983, Richard Howard's version of this landmark work of modernist verse, published here in tandem with the French original.
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Twenty Prose Poems
Charles Baudelaire
From the introduction by Michael Hamburger: "Baudelaire's prose poems were written at long intervals during the last twelve or thirteen years of his life. The prose poem was a medium much suited to his habits and character. Being pre-eminently a...
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The Tranquilized Tongue
City Lights Spotlight No. 11
Eric Baus
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 11: If a picture paints 1000 words, "each letter contains 100 films" in the surrealist wordscape of The Tranquilized Tongue.
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Cunt Norton
Dodie Bellamy
In Cunt Norton, Dodie Bellamy sets her text-ravenous cut-ups loose to devour canonical voices of English literature, as found in The Norton Anthology of Poetry (1975 edition). The texts that emerge from this sexual-linguistic encounter are monstrous, beautiful, unashamed: 33 erotic love poems that lust after the very aesthetic they resist...

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