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Arthur Rimbaud
Complete Works
Arthur Rimbaud
American poets are still trying to catch up to what the French were doing well over a century ago. Read the works of this poet-prodigy to see just how far ahead they were...
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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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Auguries of Innocence
Poems
Patti Smith
Auguries of Innocence is the first book of poetry from Patti Smith in more than a decade. It marks a major accomplishment from a poet and performer who has inscribed her vision of our world in powerful anthems, ballads, and lyrics. In this intimate...
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Autobiography of Red
A Novel in Verse
Anne Carson
The award-winning poet Anne Carson reinvents a genre in Autobiography of Red, a stunning work that is both a novel and a poem, both an unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and a wholly original coming-of-age story set in the present.
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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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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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Black Sparrow New Year's Greeting Bundle
Charles Bukowski
A special three-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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Broken World
Joseph Lease
"Poems as cool as they are passionate, as soft-spoken as they are indignant, and as fiercely Romantic as they are formally contained. . . . An exquisite collection!" – Marjorie Perloff
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The Cane Groves of Narmada River
Erotic Poems from Old India
Andrew Schelling
Of the world's ancient poetry, that of classical India was the most vividly erotic-uninhibited, tender, sad, and joyous by turns. The poems sound as if they might have been written yesterday, although the period covered ranges from roughly 200 CE...

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