Poetry & Poetry Criticism

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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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Last Poems
Hayden Carruth
Last Poems is a moving tribute to a towering and beloved figure in American poetry.
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Ring of Bone
Collected Poems (New & Expanded Edition)
Lew Welch
A new and expanded edition of the classic go-to collection of Lew Welch's poetry, a must for both fans and new readers.
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50 American Plays
Poems
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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Inside/Out
Selected Poems
Marilyn Buck
The first-ever collection of Marilyn Buck's poetry, searing, soaring, a living tribute to her indomitable spirit, revolutionary intelligence, and poet's vision.
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Imagining Paradise
New and Selected Poems
Barry Gifford
These poems describe a universe that is as populous and diverse as it is ephemeral and evanescent. They are born of the world and of books and art in equal measure, and tell of the unyielding granite truths of people's roller-coaster lives...
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Advice for Lovers
City Lights Spotlight No. 7
Julian Talamantez Brolaski
Inspired by Ovid and renaissance sonnet cycles, Advice for Lovers is a queer re-imaginging of the art of courtly love.
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Citizen
Aaron Shurin
In Citizen, Shurin has collected vibrant new poems that are, by turns, romantic, visceral, edgy, and unabashedly beautiful.
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At Sea
A Poem for Pablo Neruda
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE AT CITY LIGHTS! Exquisite handmade letterpress edition of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's new poem, "At Sea".
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Kenneth Patchen A Centennial Selection
Kenneth Patchen, Jonathan Clark
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A Season in Hell & The Drunken Boat
Arthur Rimbaud
New Directions is pleased to announce the relaunch of the long-celebrated bi- lingual edition of Rimbaud's A Season In Hell & The Drunken Boat — a personal poem of damnation as well as a plea to be released from "the examination of his own depths."
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The Living Fire
New and Selected Poems
Edward Hirsch
A comprehensive selection of one of our most beloved poet's rich and significant body of work alongside a gathering of "brilliant, deeply pleasurable" new poems...
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Waifs and Strays
City Lights Spotlight No. 6
Micah Ballard
From the bayous of Louisiana to the pavements of San Francisco, Micah Ballard rounds up his haunting waifs and strays.
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Practical Water
Brenda Hillman
Practical Water is both an elemental meditation and an ecopoetics. Not since Allen Ginsberg tried to levitate the Pentagon has American poetry seen the likes of the hallucinatory wit and moral clarity that Hillman brings to Washington in her poems...

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