Poetry & Poetry Criticism

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Stray Poems
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 6
Alejandro Murguía
New work from San Francisco's first Latino Poet Laureate! "In the city of poets, Murguía has become the activist voice of refugees and exiles—as so many of us are, even as natives—at the center of the Americas. Disguised by its sensuous intimacy, soothing and ennobling, his is a poetry that arms the resistance."—Dagoberto Gilb
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Ghost Tantras
Michael McClure
50 years since its first publication, we present Michael McClure's signature work, Ghost Tantras, back in print. Grahhr!
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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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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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Here Come the Warm Jets
City Lights Spotlight No. 10
Alli Warren
"Warren's first book of poems is highly self-reflective, interestingly interrogative, and a lot of fun."—Booklist
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Poems Retrieved
Frank O'Hara, Donald Allen
A reissue of the classic, essential companion to O'Hara's "Collected Poems," with a new foreword by Bill Berkson.
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Joie de Vivre
Selected Poems 1992-2012; City Lights Spotlight No. 9
Lisa Jarnot
A selection from twenty years of poetry from one of the key avant-garde women poets of the post-Language generation.
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The Dream of a Common Language
Poems 1974-1977
Adrienne Rich
"Certain lines had become like incantations to me, words I'd chanted to myself through sorrow and confusion" ―Cheryl Strayed, Wild "The Dream of a Common Language explores the contours of a woman’s heart and mind in language for everybody―language whose plainness, laughter, questions and nobility everyone can respond to. . . .
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The Beautifully Worthless
Ali Liebegott
Back in print! Ali Liebegott's award-winning epic road poem has been compared to Jack Kerouac and David Wojnarowicz.
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Robert Duncan in San Francisco
Michael Rumaker
A revealing portrait of a major poet of the SF Renaissance and a gripping account of late '50s gay life.
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Time of Useful Consciousness
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti's first book since Poetry as Insurgent Art, a new call to action and a vivid picture of civilization moving towards its brink. New Directions is proud to announce a riveting and galvanizing new book by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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Nervous Device
City Lights Spotlight No. 8
Catherine Wagner
With Nervous Device, Catherine Wagner explores the boundary the poem marks between poet and audience, questioning the potential for human connection.
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A Time of Angels
Homero Aridjis
A poetic fable, illustrated by one of Mexico's most prominent artists, describes a dreamy contemplation of the reign of angels.
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Sister Spit
Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road
Michelle Tea
The inaugural book of the new City Lights/Sister Spit Series! A collection of writing and artwork from Sister Spit, the hilariously feminist, gender-bending, genre-busting literary roadshow.

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