Poetry
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The Art of Recklessness
Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction
Dean Young
In Dean Young's sprawling and subversive first book of prose on poetry, imagination swerves into primitivism and surrealism and finally toward empathy. How can recklessness guide the poet, the artist, and the reader into art, and how can it excite in...
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Ascending Over Ohio
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Warren, OH: Fantome Press, [1989]. Pamphlet. First edition. Signed by Ferlinghetti on cover envelope. Fine in the publisher's printed envelope. Limited copies available.
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At Sea
A Poem for Pablo Neruda
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE AT CITY LIGHTS! Exquisite handmade letterpress edition of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's new poem, "At Sea".
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Avanti Popolo
Italian-American Writers Sail Beyond Columbus
Giancarlo Campagna, Cameron McHenry, Tommi Avicolli Mecca, James Tracy
Italian American writers celebrate their hidden history in a literary tribute to fighting social injustice. With the current anti-immigrant sentiments filling up newspaper front pages, these writers respond with thought-provoking works that focus on...
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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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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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Bed of Sphinxes
Selected Poems
Philip Lamantia
Allen Ginsberg wrote that Philip Lamantia was one of his poetic teachers, an American soothsayer on the level of Edgar Allen Poe, and I don't know how much more encouragement you'd need to check out this stunning collection. "The Owl" ("the dark steps...
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Behind My Eyes
Poems
Li-Young Lee
“Lee’s lyrics have a tidal sweep as he moves between the universe within and the world without.” —Booklist, starred review...
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Birds, Beasts and Flowers!
Poems
D. H. Lawrence
D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930) made a contribution to poetry that, in the words of Lousie Bogan, 'can now be recognized as one of the most important, in any language, of our time.' Birds, Beasts, and Flowers!, his first great experiment in free verse, was...
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Black Maria
Kevin Young
Kevin Young follows his acclaimed exploration of the blues in Jelly Roll with another playful riff on a vital art form, giving us a film noir in verse. Black Maria–the title is a slang term for a police van as well as a hearse–is a twisting tale of...
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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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Bogeyman Dawn
Raina J. León
In Boogeyman Dawn, Raina Leon explores the space between some of our worst nightmares and the awakening of hope. Leon does not look away from even the rawest of wounds in the psyche, the flesh, and the social body, but it is through carefully wrought images and patiently distilled language that she entices us to follow her gaze and trust that dawn
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Bone Palace Ballet
New Poems
Charles Bukowski
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Book of Hours`
Poems
Kevin Young
A decade after the sudden and tragic loss of his father, we witness the unfolding of grief. "In the night I brush / my teeth with a razor," he tells us, in one of the collection's piercing two-line poems. Capturing the strange silence of bereavement ("Not the storm / but the calm / that slays me"), Kevin Young acknowledges, even celebrates...

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