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The Tranquilized Tongue
City Lights Spotlight No. 11
Eric Baus
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 11: If a picture paints 1000 words, "each letter contains 100 films" in the surrealist wordscape of The Tranquilized Tongue.
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Cunt Norton
Dodie Bellamy
In Cunt Norton, Dodie Bellamy sets her text-ravenous cut-ups loose to devour canonical voices of English literature, as found in The Norton Anthology of Poetry (1975 edition). The texts that emerge from this sexual-linguistic encounter are monstrous, beautiful, unashamed: 33 erotic love poems that lust after the very aesthetic they resist...
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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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Expect Delays
Bill Berkson
"A serene master of syntactical sleight and transformer of the mundane into the marvelous."—Publishers Weekly Wide-ranging and experimental, Expect Delays confronts past and present with rare equilibrium, eyeballing mortality while appreciating the richness and surprise, as well as the inevitable griefs, inherent in the time allowed.
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Portrait and Dream
New and Selected Poems
Bill Berkson
Titled after a Jackson Pollock painting at once figural and abstract, this collection spans nearly fifty years of Bill Berkson's poetry in all its deftness and variety. His poems, full of nuance, intensity, and exuberant wit, spread meaning across...
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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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Distant Neighbors
The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder
Wendell Berry, Gary Snyder, Chad Wriglesworth
In 1969 Gary Snyder returned from a long residence in Japan to the Sierra foothills, where he intended to build a house and settle with his wife and sons. He had just published his first book of essays, Earth House Hold. A few years before, Wendell Berry left New York City for farmland in Port Royal, Kentucky, where he built a small studio...
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The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
A Facsimile in Full Color
William Blake
Inspired satire on religion and morality, including 70 aphorisms of "Proverbs of Hell." 27 full-color plates, full text...
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Sharon E. Bliss, Kevin B. Chen, Steve Dickison, Mark Dean Johnson, Rebeka Rodriguez
Nearly fifty artists, poets, and activists examine the contemporary prison system through heartrending art and community
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The Complete Poems of Hart Crane
Harold Bloom, Hart Crane, Mark Simon
This edition features a new introduction by Harold Bloom as a centenary tribute to the visionary of White Buildings (1926) and The Bridge (1930). Hart Crane, prodigiously gifted and tragically doom-eager, was the American peer of Shelley, Rimbaud, and...
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S O S — Calling All Black People
A Black Arts Movement Reader
John H. Bracey Jr., Sonia Sanchez, James Smethurst
This volume brings together a broad range of key writings from the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, among the most significant cultural movements in American history. The aesthetic counterpart of the Black Power movement, it burst onto the scene in the form of artists circles, writers workshops, drama groups, dance troupes...
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Advice for Lovers
City Lights Spotlight No. 7
Julian Talamantez Brolaski
Inspired by Ovid and renaissance sonnet cycles, Advice for Lovers is a queer re-imaginging of the art of courtly love.
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Selected Poems
Marilyn Buck
The first-ever collection of Marilyn Buck's poetry, searing, soaring, a living tribute to her indomitable spirit, revolutionary intelligence, and poet's vision.
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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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