Poetry & Poetry Criticism

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Joseph Lease
"I regard Lease as the best poet of his generation. This is a poetry filled with stories that are built to last. This is a poet who will become a major voice in American poetry."—David ShapiroJoseph Lease gracefully delves into American...
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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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Kaddish and Other Poems: 1958-1960
Pocket Poets Number 14, 50th Anniversary Edition
Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg's "Kaddish," a long poem written about the madness and death of his mother, Naomi, is widely considered to be one his major works. This special fiftieth­-anniversary edition of Kaddish & Other Poems features an illuminating afterword by...
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Stranger in Town
City Lights Spotlight No. 4
Cedar Sigo
Redolent of Wieners, Whalen, and Lamantia, Stranger in Town is the second coming of the SF Renaissance.
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In Danger
A Pasolini Anthology
Pier Paolo Pasolini, Jack Hirschman
In Danger reveals the literary life of internationally renowned filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini
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Solar Poems
Homero Aridjis
Visionary poems by Mexico's famed poet-activist
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In Search of Duende
Second Edition
Federico García Lorca, Christopher Maurer
An excellent compilation of Lorca's poetry and prose, emphasizing Lorca's notion of the duende, the "earth spirit of irrationality and death." The notion of "duende"—a demonic earth spirit embodying irrationality, earthiness, and a heightened...
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Trance Archive
New and Selected Poems; City Lights Spotlight No. 3
Andrew Joron
Like a chance encounter between Einstein and Breton, Trance Archive embraces philosophy, science, and surrealism.
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Poems
Edna St. Vincent Millay
One of America's most beloved poets, Edna St. Vincent Millay burst onto the literary scene at a very young age and won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923. Her passionate lyrics and superbly crafted sonnets have thrilled generations of readers long...
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The Rising of the Ashes
Tahar Ben Jelloun
Two epic poems focus on the bitter consequences of war and violence in the Middle East
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Prison/Culture
Sharon E. Bliss, Kevin B. Chen, Steve Dickison, Mark Dean Johnson, Rebeka Rodriguez
Nearly fifty artists, poets, and activists examine the contemporary prison system through heartrending art and community
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Rising, Falling, Hovering
C.D. Wright
"C.D. Wright belongs to a school of exactly one."-The New York Times Book Review"Wright braids some of her most personal and intimate poetry to date with an extended meditation on the consequences of America's contemporary stance toward other...
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Bluets
Maggie Nelson
A perfect collection of fragments; a chronicle of an obsession that will obsess you, too. —Recommended by Vanessa, City Lights Books
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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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