Poetry & Poetry Criticism

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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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"Literchoor Is My Beat"
A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions
Ian S. MacNiven
A biography—thoughtful and playful—of the man who founded New Directions and transformed American publishing. James Laughlin—a poet, publisher, world-class skier—was the man behind some of the most daring, revolutionary works in verse and prose of the twentieth century.
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Deep Code
City Lights Spotlight No. 12
John Coletti
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 12: Deep Code explores "side language," as a subset of other languages, whether slang or metaphor, to both communicate and obfuscate.
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The Poetry Deal
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 5
Diane di Prima
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 5: The Poetry Deal is the first full-length collection of poems in decades from legendary feminist Beat poet, Diane di Prima. "A prolific writer generally associated with the Beat Generation, di Prima deserves wider recognition."—Library Journal
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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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The Collected Poems of James Laughlin
James Laughlin, Peter Glassgold
Finally collected are all the poems of James Laughlin — a classic poet of Catullan sensibility hiding in plain sight as an avant-garde publisher and the "Godfather of Modernism"
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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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Garrett Caples
Retrievals is a collection of criticism about underrecognized poets, unfairly discredited critics, artists obscured by more famous relations—basically, writers and artists that have fallen off the cultural map or never quite made it there in the first place. These essays, collected for the first time, span 10 years of Garrett Caples' writing...
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Thousand Times Broken
Three Books
Henri Michaux
Three never-before-translated-into-English works from the great visionary French artist & writer Henri Michaux during the period of his mescaline experimentation, with drawings by the author and surrealist painter Roberto Matta. Translated from the French by noted poet Gillian Conoley.
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The Feel Trio
Fred Moten
Fred Moten is the real deal of contemporary poetry. And this book, The Feel Trio, is one of his best numbers to date. Reprinting at least one of his hard-to-find chapbooks, this book is made up of three sections of poems that flail the margins of the pedestrian and the philosophically sublime. A finalist for the 2014 National Book Award in poetry
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Lunch Poems: Pocket Poets Number 19
50th Anniversary Edition
Frank O'Hara
Now available! Exquisite 50th anniversary hardcover gift edition of the groundbreaking poetry collection by the leader of the "New York School" of poetry.
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Night Train to Shanghai
And Other Memories of China
Gerald Nicosia
Night Train To Shanghai, Gerald Nicosia's fourth collection of poetry, traces the writer's love affair with a country he had trouble even imagining in his Fifties childhood in the American Midwest. Among the surprises in store for him were adopting his first child, Wu Ji (who became the American Amy)...
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Peter Orlovsky, A Life in Words
Intimate Chronicles of a Beat Writer
Peter Orlovsky, Bill Morgan
Until now, the poet Peter Orlovsky, who was Allen Ginsberg s lover for more than forty years, has been the neglected member of the Beat Generation. Because he lived in Ginsberg's shadow, his achievements were seldom noted and his contributions to literature have not been fully recognized. Now, this first collection of Orlovsky s writings traces...
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How a Mirage Works
Beverly Burch
"In one of Beverly Burch's poems, the speaker announces 'I'm ordinary. Like an old dreamer . . .' But there is nothing ordinary in this collection. Over and over, the world is rendered in the most exacting of visual details. But it isn't just the world that is scrutinized. Even individual words, like rejection, must withstand this poet's particula

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