Poetry, Poetry Criticism & Poetry Biography

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Beat Poets
Everyman's Library Pocket Poets
Carmela Ciuraru
This rousing anthology features the work of more than twenty-five writers from the great twentieth-century countercultural literary movement. Writing with an audacious swagger and an iconoclastic zeal, and declaiming their verse with dramatic flourish...
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A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon
New (Soma)tics
CAConrad
The poetry in this book is accompanied by these wonderfully kooky prose pieces in which CAConrad explains the process undergone to write each individual poem. This collection is such a hoot, such a big ball of squishy joy. —Recommended by Jared, City Lights Books
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The Beautifully Worthless
Ali Liebegott
Back in print! Ali Liebegott's award-winning epic road poem has been compared to Jack Kerouac and David Wojnarowicz.
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The Best of It
New and Selected Poems
Kay Ryan
Kay Ryan's recently concluded two-year term as the Library of Congress’s sixteenth poet laureate is just the latest in an amazing array of accolades for this wonderfully accessible, widely loved poet: her awards include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from...
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The Black Automaton
Douglas Kearney
From ambivalent animals thriving after Katrina to party chants echoing in a burning city, The Black Automaton troubles rubble, cobbling a kind of life. In this collection, bodies at risk seek renewal through violence and fertility, history and myth...
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Black Sparrow New Year's Greeting Bundle
Charles Bukowski
A special two-pack of rare chapbooks made by Black Sparrow Press featuring poetry from Charles Bukowski.
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Blasts Cries Laughter
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
A new, shorter collection by America's preeminent living poet and social activist, who is just as fiery and provocative as ever at 94 years old. Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Blasts contains blasts, blessings, and curses in the vortex of today, taking its cues from the original little magazine, Blast, published by Wyndham Lewis with Ezra Pound...
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Bluets
Maggie Nelson
A perfect collection of fragments; a chronicle of an obsession that will obsess you, too. —Recommended by Vanessa, City Lights Books
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Book of Longing
Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen wrote the poems in Book of Longing—his first book of poetry in more than twenty years—during his five-year stay at a Zen monastery on Southern California's Mount Baldy, and in Los Angeles, Montreal, and Mumbai. This...
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Book of Mercy
Leonard Cohen
Popular since its original publication more than 25 years ago, Leonard Cohen's classic book of contemporary psalms is now beautifully repackaged.  Internationally celebrated for his writing and his music, Leonard Cohen is revered as one of the great...
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The BreakBeat Poets
New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop
Kevin Coval, Quraysh Ali Lansana
Hip-Hop is the largest youth culture in the history of the planet rock. This is the first poetry anthology by and for the Hip-Hop generation.
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Buck Studies
Poems
Douglas Kearney
Dynamic poet, performer, librettist, and professor Douglas Kearney's works speak to those who are listening to what our living, material language has to say about race and history. At the hub of Buck Studies is a long mash-up of the stories of Herakles, the Greek bad-man, and that of Stagger Lee, the black bad-man.
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Bukowski in a Sundress
Confessions from a Writing Life
Kim Addonizio
Behold the memoir of sex-positive rebel Kim Addonizio! This book moves from gritty/funny/sexy, to emotionally raw, in swift seamless strokes. By the end, you will feel that Kim is an old friend whom you know far too well, but who you think the world of because she's way cooler than you are. —Recommended by Jared, City Lights Books
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Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame
Charles Bukowski
Verses soaked in cheap booze and bad living. Donne this ain't.

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