Poetry & Poetry Criticism

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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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The Feel Trio
Fred Moten
Fred Moten is the real deal of contemporary poetry. And this book, The Feel Trio, is one of his best numbers to date. Reprinting at least one of his hard-to-find chapbooks, this book is made up of three sections of poems that flail the margins of the pedestrian and the philosophically sublime. A finalist for the 2014 National Book Award in poetry
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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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Free Cell
City Lights Spotlight No. 2
Anselm Berrigan
The second volume in the City Lights Spotlight series—experimental poems by innovative New York poet and former St. Mark's Poetry Project director.
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From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate
Bedouin Hornbook, Djbot Baghostus's Run, Atet A.D. (Vol. 1-3)
Nathaniel Mackey
The great American jazz novel of "such exquisite rhythmic lyricism" by National Book Award Winner Nathaniel Mackey. From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate: Volumes 1-3 collects the first three installments—Bedouin Hornbook...
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From Nicaragua with Love
First edition
Ernesto Cardenal
San Francisco City Lights 1986, 1986. First edition 79pp. Slight wear to wraps; near fine. Pocket Poets series book number 43. New, 1st Edition
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Front Lines
Pocket Poets Number 55
Jack Hirschman
In the activist verse of this poetic warrior, always committed, the actual world is never out of mind, even in his most intimate poems. Kabbalist, populist, and communist, Hirschman has published over sixty books of his own poetry, and this...
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Ghost Tantras
Michael McClure
50 years since its first publication, we present Michael McClure's signature work, Ghost Tantras, back in print. Grahhr!
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Haiti Glass
Lenelle Moïse
Winner of the 2015 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award: With rhythmic poetry and intimate prose, Haiti Glass offers an unflinching look at disaster, desire, and death-defying love.
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Here Come the Warm Jets
City Lights Spotlight No. 10
Alli Warren
"Warren's first book of poems is highly self-reflective, interestingly interrogative, and a lot of fun."—Booklist
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Horses in the Air and Other Poems
Jorge Guillén
Winner of the 2000 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award. A major Spanish poet of the Generation of '27, Jorge Guillen's luminous poetry, marked by nobility of mind, balance, and clarity of vision, deserves to be more widely known to readers...
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How to Paint Sunlight
Lyric Poems & Others (1997-2000)
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
This collection of recent poems is graced with a short introduction by the poet in which he says, "All I ever wanted to do was to paint light on the walls of life." For more than fifty years Ferlinghetti has been doing just that—illuminating both...
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Howl on Trial
The Battle for Free Expression
Bill Morgan, Nancy J. Peters
The inside story of the publication and defense of Howl in correspondence, documents and photographs.
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I Am a Beautiful Monster
Poetry, Prose, and Provocation
Francis Picabia
I Am a Beautiful Monster is the first definitive edition in English of Picabia's writings, gathering a sizable array of Picabia’s poetry and prose and, most importantly, providing a critical context for it with an extensive introduction and detailed notes

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