Poetry, Poetry Criticism & Poetry Biography

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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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Anybody
Poems
Ari Banias
In Anybody, Ari Banias takes up questions of recognition and belonging: how boundaries are drawn and managed, the ways he and she, us and them, here and elsewhere are kept separate, and at what cost identities and selves are forged. Moving through iconic and imagined landscapes, Anybody confronts the strangeness of being alive...
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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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Rumi
The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing
Coleman Barks
Now in paperback, this is the definitive collection of America's bestselling poet Rumi's finest poems of love and lovers. In Coleman Barks' delightful and wise renderings, these poems will open your heart and soul to the lover inside and out. 'There...
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Mexico in My Heart
New & Selected Poems
Willis Barnstone
Willis Barnstone is a literature in himself: poet, translator, interpreter, in one year he can range from Jesus to Sappho and Borges with calm authority and good humour. He re-translates the New Testament in a version Harold Bloom describes as 'a superb act of restoration'.
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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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Flowers of Evil
A Selection
Charles Baudelaire, Marthiel Mathews, Jackson Mathews
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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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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
If a picture paints 1000 words, "each letter contains 100 films" in the surrealist wordscape of The Tranquilized Tongue.
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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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Free Cell
City Lights Spotlight No. 2
Anselm Berrigan
The second volume in the City Lights Spotlight series—experimental poems by innovative New York poet and former St. Mark's Poetry Project director.
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Envelope Poems
Emily Dickinson, Jen Bervin, Marta Werner
Although a very prolific poet, Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) published fewer than a dozen poems. Instead, she created small handmade books. In her later years, she stopped producing these, but she continued to write a great deal, and at her death she left behind many poems, drafts, and letters.

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