Poetry & Poetry Criticism

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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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A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon
New (Soma)tics
CAConrad
A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon collects 27 new and previously published exercises and their emerging poems, incorporating unorthodox steps in the writing process from the tangible everyday to the cosmos of the imagination.
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Bye-and-Bye
Selected Late Poems
Charles Wright
Bye-and-Bye is a wonderful introduction to the late work of one of America's finest and best-loved poets.
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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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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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Spring and All
Facsimile Edition
William Carlos Williams
A beautiful facsimile of the 1923 original edition which is considered "one of the greatest poems of the twentieth century". (The New York Times)Spring and All is a manifesto of the imagination — a hybrid of alternating sections of prose and free...
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When I Was a Poet
Pocket Poets Number 60
David Meltzer
An autobiographical masterpiece by a prominent Beat poet, who Ferlinghetti has deemed "one of the greats."
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Come and See
Poems
Fanny Howe
In Fanny Howe's latest collection of poems, she beckons us toward the origins of both our collective knowing and our misperception. These poems move from one country to another and from one archetypal position—parent, grandparent, child—to another in...
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Cafe de l'Aube a Paris
Poems
Willis Barnstone
Poet and uniquely important translator Willis Barnstone has translated Sapho and the Greek lyric poets, Love Poems by Pedro Salinas, The Restored New Testament and works by Goethe, Rilke, St. John of the Cross, Borges and others. Cafe de l'Aube a Paris...
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The Apple Trees at Olema
New and Selected Poems
Robert Hass
The Apple Trees at Olema includes work from Robert Hass's first five books—Field Guide, Praise, Human Wishes, Sun Under Wood, and Time and Materials—as well as a substantial gathering of new poems, including a suite of elegies, a series of poems in...
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Compression & Purity
City Lights Spotlight No. 5
Will Alexander
African American surrealism that extends from the ocean floor to the outer reaches of space.
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News of the World
Philip Levine
In this "characteristically wise" (The New York Times Book Review) collection from one of our most celebrated poets, Philip Levine brings us finely made, powerfully telling imagery from the worlds of hand, heart, and...

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