Poetry
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The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses over the Hills
Charles Bukowski
Poems delving into such sensitive issues as bodily harm toward bellboys; hilarious and pathetic.
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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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Destruction of the Jaguar
From the Books of Chilam Balam
Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno
Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno writes in his introduction to Destruction of the Jaguar that ""The Books of Chilam Balam are the only principal surviving texts of the ancient Maya. Written in the Mayan language but in European script, they are generally...
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The Divine Kiss
An Exhibit of Paintings and Poems in Honor of David Campagna
Carolyn Kleefeld
Carolyn Mary Kleefeld, painter, poet, writer, in this her 16th book, expresses in paintings and poetry the sacred merging of love into the Beloved.
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Don't Let Me Be Lonely
An American Lyric
Claudia Rankine
In this powerful sequence of TV images and essay, Claudia Rankine explores the personal and political unrest of our volatile new century I forget things too. It makes me sad. Or it makes me the saddest. The sadness is not really about George W. or our American optimism; the sadness lives in the recognition that a life can not matter.
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Eliot
Poems
T. S. Eliot, Peter Washington
This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning...
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The End of the West
Michael Dickman
"Dickman's book moves with careful intensity as it confidently illuminates buried, contemporary suffering."—Publishers Weekly The poems in Michael Dickman's energized debut document the bright desires and all-too-common sufferings of modern times...
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Ends and Beginnings
City Lights Review No. 6
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Robert Anbian, Amiri Baraka, Alberto Blanco, William S. Burroughs, Andrei Codrescu, Susan Etlinger, Dario Fo, Barry Gifford, J.T. Gillett, Allen Ginsberg, Howard Hart, Elaine Katzenberger, Phillip M. Klasky, Steve Kowit, James Laughlin, D.H. Lawrence...
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The Essential Neruda
Selected Poems
Pablo Neruda
This collection of Neruda's most essential poems will prove indispensable. Selected by a team of poets and prominent Neruda scholars in both Chile and the U.S., this is a definitive selection that draws from the entire breadth and width of Neruda's...
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Expect Delays
Poems
Bill Berkson
"A serene master of syntactical sleight and transformer of the mundane into the marvelous."—Publishers Weekly Wide-ranging and experimental, Expect Delays confronts past and present with rare equilibrium, eyeballing mortality while appreciating the richness and surprise, as well as the inevitable griefs, inherent in the time allowed.
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The Fact of a Doorframe
Poems 1950-2001
Adrienne Rich
A reissue of the classic Adrienne Rich selection, revised and expanded to cover the entirety of her career, with a new Introduction.The Fact of a Doorframe is the ideal introduction to Rich's opus, from her formative lyricism in A Change of Word...
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Fast Speaking Woman: Chants and Essays
Pocket Poets Number 33
Anne Waldman
This expanded edition of Anne Waldman's poems and essays adds 20 poems and three essays to the original. Published in City Lights' Pocket Poets series, the collection is the perfect size to carry in a pocket or purse. The poems, however, are...
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Fear, some
Douglas Kearney
Recommended by Tan, City Lights Books. Stealing tropes from militancy to minstrelsy, Fear,some broadcasts from the slippery moments when personal, national, racial and aesthetic anxieties overlap.
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Federico García Lorca
Selected Poems (Bilingual Edition)
Federico García Lorca
J.L. Gili's selection of Garcia Lorca’s poems in Spanish, with his own unassuming prose versions as guides to the originals, first appeared in 1960. With its excellent introduction and selection it remains a perfect introductory guide to the great...

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