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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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Orphic Songs
Pocket Poets Number 54
Dino Campana
Dino Campana wrote the unique, visionary masterwork of Italian literature Orphic Songs when he was in his twenties. The originality, rapturous language, and strange beauty of his poetry make him as important to twentieth-century poetry as Garcia...
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The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia
Philip Lamantia, Garrett Caples, Andrew Joron, Nancy J. Peters
Many poets have contributed to the greatness of City Lights, but few more so than North Beach's own Philip Lamantia (1927-2005). Lamantia published his earliest work in avant-garde magazines when he was 15, then at 16 went to NYC to join the war-exiled Paris surrealists. Known as the foremost American surrealist, he also...
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Complications
Garrett Caples
Complications is the second full-length poetry collection by Oakland-based poet Garrett Caples. Reflecting the moral disintegration of the post-9/11 world, Complications is an even wilder, darker, funnier exploration of poetic consciousness than its...
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Retrievals
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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From Nicaragua with Love
First edition
Ernesto Cardenal
San Francisco City Lights 1986, 1986. First edition 79pp. Slight wear to wraps; near fine. Pocket Poets series book number 43. New, 1st Edition
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Autobiography of Red
Anne Carson
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR National book Critics Circle Award Finalist  "Anne Carson is, for me, the most exciting poet writing in English today."--Michael Ondaatje"This book is amazing--I haven't discovered any writing in years so...
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Red Doc
Anne Carson
Some years ago I wrote a book about a boy named Geryon who was red and had wings and fell in love with Herakles. Recently I began to wonder what happened to them in later life. Red Doc> continues their adventures in a very different style and with changed names...
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Selected Poems
Constantine P. Cavafy
The spellbinding verse of one of the most distinctive poetic voices of the twentieth century Although the Greek poet Constantine Cavafy died in obscurity, today he is regarded as one of the most original of twentieth-century poets. Whether conjuring...
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Pierre Reverdy
Pierre Reverdy, Mary Ann Caws
This is a well organized book of translations of French cubist poet, Pierre Reverdy. Just out from the NYRB Poets series, this collection has some of the usual suspects of Reverdy translation such as Kenneth Rexroth (now back in print here mind you) and Ron Padgett, but also some exciting translations by John Ashbery and Frank O'Hara...
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Written In Water
The Collected Prose Poems
Luis Cernuda
While Cernuda's verse is vivid testimony to various aspects of his biographical itinerary, it is in his prose poems that he traces more explicitly an outline of his life's journey. Reviewing this work, Octavio Paz wrote: "In these memories and...
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From the Canyon Outward
Neeli Cherkovski
With his new collection, Neeli Cherkovski continues the exploration started with his award winning Leaning Against Time. He once again opens the window to the self and takes us deeper into his search for reason, redemption and love. Cherkovski takes...
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Pier Paolo Pasolini
Poet of Ashes
Pier Paolo Pasolini, Roberto Chiesi, Andrea Mancini
In this book, readers will find poems that Pasolini wrote during his brief stay in New York, interviews, and an anthology of statements, reflections, and notes on his films.
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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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