Poetry, Poetry Criticism & Poetry Biography

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Stars Seen in Person
Selected Journals
John Wieners, Michael Seth Stewart
Four unpublished journals by a master of the form, one of the greatest American poets of the 20th Century.
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Notes on the Assemblage
Juan Felipe Herrera
"[This year] Juan Felipe Herrera's Notes on the Assemblage has been a ladder of hope . . ."––Ada Limón, The New Yorker
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Supplication
Selected Poems of John Wieners
John Wieners
"There is no doubt in my mind or in anyone's mind who knows these poems well that they are major American poetry and will be in anthologies for one hundred years, I mean that good."—Allen Ginsberg "A graceful rigor seems to be Wieners' natural mode; we feel the force of deliberation in his most free forms—he is never casual.
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I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career
The Selected Correspondence of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg, 1955-1997
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Bill Morgan
Out Now: Marking the 60th anniversary of City Lights Publishers, we present the intimate correspondence of Ginsberg & Ferlinghetti, documenting one of the longest relationships between a publisher and a writer.
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City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology
60th Anniversary Edition
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
A comprehensive selection from Ferlinghetti's famed City Lights Pocket Poets Series, published on the 60th anniversary of its founding.
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Pulp Sonnets
Tony Barnstone
Improvising on the tropes of classic pulp fiction, including genres like crime noir, horror, sci-fi, superhero, espionage, and vigilante, Tony Barnstone's audacious new poems are counterpointed by the mischievous (and blood-splattered) ink drawings of Iranian artist Amin Mansouri. At times reinventing the sonnet tradition...
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War of the Foxes
Richard Siken
"This may be the most anticipated poetry book of the last decade...expect it to haunt you."—NPR.org In reviewing Richard Siken's first book, Crush, the New York Times wrote that "his territory is [where] passion and eloquence collide and fuse."
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The BreakBeat Poets
New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop
Kevin Coval, Quraysh Ali Lansana
Hip-Hop is the largest youth culture in the history of the planet rock. This is the first poetry anthology by and for the Hip-Hop generation.
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Barbaric Vast & Wild
A Gathering of Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present: Poems for the Millennium
Jerome Rothenberg
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Women in Public
City Lights Spotlight No. 13
Elaine Kahn
Women in Public dismantles and reassembles the humor, absurdity, and often terror that inform our interactions with gender, sexuality, and amorous consumption.
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Two-Way Mirror
A Poetry Notebook
David Meltzer
A classic book of poetics by a major Beat Generation poet, published in a beautiful casebound gift edition. "One of the great post-World War II San Francisco poets and musicians."–Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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On Time
Poems 2005 - 2014
Joanne Kyger
A major new collection from one of the most significant poets of the SF Renaissance.
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Black Sparrow New Year's Greeting Bundle
Charles Bukowski
A special two-pack of rare chapbooks made by Black Sparrow Press featuring poetry from Charles Bukowski.
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Deep Code
City Lights Spotlight No. 12
John Coletti
Deep Code explores "side language," as a subset of other languages, whether slang or metaphor, to both communicate and obfuscate.

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