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Red-Haired Android
Jeremy Reed
In England, Jeremy Reed has emerged from the obscurity of small presses through a string of books with Jonathan Cape at the heart of the British literary scene. Yet Jeremy Reed remains and outsider, working in an imaginative post-surreal area, breaking...
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School of Udhra
Nathaniel Mackey
School of Udhra takes its title from the Bedouin poetic tradition associated with the seventh-century Arab poet Djamil, the Udhrite school of poets who, "when loving die." Bedouin tradition, however, is only one of the strands of world revery these...
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Longing
Selected Poems
Jaime Gil de Biedma
The poetry of Jaime Gil de Biedma, the most original and influential Spanish poet since the civil war, is finally, after years of censorship under Generalissimo Franco, reaching a huge audience in Spain. His poems capture the mood of post-civil war...
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Riverbed of Memory
Pocket Poets Number 49
Daisy Zamora
These are poems written mostly in a time of war, and rooted in the land and people of Nicaragua. Zamora draws deep portraits of women of all classes, often using her own body as a metaphor and starting point. Recalling the years of revolution and...
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Sleeping, Sinning, Falling
Mutsuo Takahashi
Sleeping Sinning Falling is a generous volume of selected and new poems, written over the last twenty-five years by one of the major voices in twentieth century Japanese poetry. The translations are by Hiroaki Sato, who has published over twelve...
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The Last Night of the Earth Poems
Charles Bukowski
High proof alcohol, heaven-sent classical music, and a hardass attitude you can't beat with a stick; sturm und drang à la sleazy L.A.
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The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams, Vol. 1
1909-1939
Christopher MacGowan, A. Walton Litz, William Carlos Williams
"And when the second and final colume of Williams' Collected Poems is published, it should become even more apparent that he is this century's major American poet." – Larry Kart, Chicago Tribune
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Listen! Early Poems: 1913-1928
Pocket Poets Number 47
Vladimir Mayakovsky
Mayakovsky's is one of the most compelling voices in twentieth-century Russian poetry. Born in 1893, he joined the Futurist movement in 1912 and soon established himself as one of Russia's major poets.
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Selected Poems of Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes
With the publication of his first book of poems, The Weary Blues, in 1926, Langston Hughes electrified readers and launched a renaissance in black writing in America.  The poems Hughes wrote celebrated the experience of invisible men and women: of...
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My Afterlife Guaranteed
Nanos Valaoritis
Full of wit and wonder, these prose poems, meditations, and narratives open onto rare and unexpected vistas of history and myth, language, and the art of writing. Nanos Valaoritis was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1921, of Greek parents. He has...
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Poems of Arab Andalusia
Cola Franzen
These poems, from the astonishing 10th- through 13th-century civilization in Andalusia, are based on the codex of Ibn Sa'id, who wanted poems "whose idea is more subtle than the West Wind, and whose language is more beautiful than a fair face."...
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Resistance
Victor Serge
Victor Serge, an authentic witness of the political and cultural struggles of this century, wrote these poems of Resistancein Orenburg in Central Asia, where he was sent into exile by Stalin in 1933. He eulogizes close friends and comrades and...
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The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
Rainer Maria Rilke
Stephen Mitchell offers what are perhaps the most masterful and intimate translations of Rainer Maria Rilke's poetry to date, infusing it with all the power, eloquence, rhythm and lightness of its original voice.
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Maldoror and Poems
Comte de Lautréamont
In forty years of reading fiction as an adult, this is the single most disturbing piece of literature I have ever come across. An influential text for the surrealists, Maldoror was published in 1869, one year before the author's death, at age 24! —Recommended by Jeff, City Lights Books

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