Poetry & Poetry Criticism

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Kenneth Patchen A Centennial Selection
Kenneth Patchen, Jonathan Clark
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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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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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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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Save Twilight: Selected Poems
Pocket Poets Number 53
Julio Cortázar
Newly expanded edition of a classic: the first and only collection of Cortázar's poetry to appear in English.
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Leaves of Grass
The First (1855) Edition
Walt Whitman, Malcolm Cowley
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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Selected Poems
e. e. cummings
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The Rose of Time
New and Selected Poems (Bilingual Edition)
Bei Dao
A selection from the lifework of the internationally renowned poet Bei Dao, who is "like reading Chekhov or Turgenev reflected in a porcelain bowl" (The Times [London]). in the mirror there is always this moment this moment leads to the door of...
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50 American Plays
Michael Dickman, Matthew Dickman
Pointed, comic, and surreal, these one-page vignettes feature unusual staging and an eclectic cast of characters—landforms, lobsters, and historical figures including Duke Ellington, Sacajawea, Judy Garland, and Kenneth Koch
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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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Notes on Thought and Vision
Hilda Doolittle (H.D.)
Notes on Thought and Vision by Imagist poet H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) is an aphoristic meditation on how one works toward an ideal body-mind synthesis; a contemplation of the sources of imagination and the creative process; and a study of gender...
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Black Nature
Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry
Camille T. Dungy
An exquisite collection; some personal favorites can be found on pages 7, 14, 26, 77, 132, and 338. —Recommended by Ivy, City Lights Books Black Nature is the first anthology to focus on nature writing by African American poets, a genre that until now has not commonly been counted as one in which African American poets have participated.
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Four Quartets
T. S. Eliot
The last major verse written by the Nobel laureate, including “Burnt Norton,” “East Coker,” “The Dry Salvages,” and “Little Gidding.”...
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The Waste Land and Other Writings
T. S. Eliot
First published in 1922, "The Waste Land" is T.S. Eliot's masterpiece, and is not only one of the key works of modernism but also one of the greatest poetic achievements of the twentieth century. A richly allusive pilgrimage of spiritual and...

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