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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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The Dream of a Common Language
Poems 1974-1977
Adrienne Rich
"Certain lines had become like incantations to me, words I'd chanted to myself through sorrow and confusion" ―Cheryl Strayed, Wild "The Dream of a Common Language explores the contours of a woman’s heart and mind in language for everybody―language whose plainness, laughter, questions and nobility everyone can respond to. . . .
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The Dream Songs
Poems
John Berryman
The complete Dream Songs-hypnotic, seductive, masterful-as thrilling to read now as they ever were John Berryman's Dream Songs are perhaps the funniest, saddest, most intricately wrought cycle of poems by an American in the twentieth century. They are also the vibrantly sketched adventures of a uniquely American antihero named Henry.
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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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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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Flowers of Evil
A Selection
Charles Baudelaire, Marthiel Mathews, Jackson Mathews
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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 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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