Poetry
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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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Kenneth Patchen A Centennial Selection
Kenneth Patchen, Jonathan Clark
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Book of Longing
Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen wrote the poems in Book of Longing—his first book of poetry in more than twenty years—during his five-year stay at a Zen monastery on Southern California's Mount Baldy, and in Los Angeles, Montreal, and Mumbai. This...
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Book of Mercy
Leonard Cohen
Popular since its original publication more than 25 years ago, Leonard Cohen's classic book of contemporary psalms is now beautifully repackaged.  Internationally celebrated for his writing and his music, Leonard Cohen is revered as one of the great...
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Stranger Music
Selected Poems and Songs
Leonard Cohen
For the first time in paperback--the selected work of the legendary singer, poet, and performer. Stranger Music presents a magnificent cross-section of Cohen's work--including 11 previously unpublished poems--and demonstrates definitively that Cohen...
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Where Shadows Will
Selected Poems 1988-2008; City Lights Spotlight No. 1
Norma Cole
First volume of the new City Lights Spotlight series: selected poems by a major avant-garde woman poet.
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The Riot Inside Me
More Trials & Tremors
Wanda Coleman
Coleman is best known for her "warrior voice." [But her] voice too can weep elegiac, summoning memories of childhood's neighborhoods – her South L.A.'s wild-frond palms, the smog-smear of pre-ecology consciousness. Her voice hits notes as desperate as...
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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 Plot Genie
Gillian Conoley
Inspired by "the plot genie"—a plot-generating device created in the 1930s that used numerical games of chance to divine character traits and plot points—this imaginative, book-length poem discusses the ways in which people are re-created, inspired...
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Animations
Pocket Poets Number 45
Adam Cornford
Speculative and yet impassioned, Adam Cornford's poems animate in the same breath his interior landscape and the terrain of everyday life. Like a lens, his writing can concentrate the light of speech to reveal a world hidden in a single metaphor.
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Save Twilight: selected poems
Pocket Poets Number 53
Julio Cortazar
Selected Poems
The power of Eros, the enduring beauty of art, a love-hate nostalgia for his Argentine homeland, the bonds of friendship and the tragic folly of politics are some of the themes of Save Twilight. Informed by his immersion in world literature, music...
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Leaves of Grass
The First (1855) Edition
Malcolm Cowley, Walt Whitman
Described by Emily Dickinson as "disgraceful" and by Emerson as "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America had yet contributed" to world literature, Leaves of Grass is more than a literary performance. In his departure from the...
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The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975
Robert Creeley
"Robert Creeley has created a noble body of poetry that extends the work of his predecessors Pound, Williams, Zukofsky, and Olson, and provides like them a method for his successors in exploring our new American poetic consciousness."--Allen Ginsberg
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If I were writing this
Robert Creeley
At the City Hall in a small town in the South of France, one man starts his campaign to correct the ills that have overtaken his proud nation by lecturing the town's inhabitants on the art of conversation.

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