Poetry, Poetry Criticism & Poetry Biography

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Sister Spit
Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road
Michelle Tea
The inaugural book of the City Lights/Sister Spit Series! A collection of writing and artwork from Sister Spit, the hilariously feminist, gender-bending, genre-busting literary roadshow.
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Last Poems
Hayden Carruth
Last Poems is a moving tribute to a towering and beloved figure in American poetry.
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Ring of Bone
Collected Poems (New & Expanded Edition)
Lew Welch
A new and expanded edition of the classic go-to collection of Lew Welch's poetry, a must for both fans and new readers.
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Inside/Out
Selected Poems
Marilyn Buck
The first-ever collection of Marilyn Buck's poetry, searing, soaring, a living tribute to her indomitable spirit, revolutionary intelligence, and poet's vision.
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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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Snowflake / different streets
New Poems
Eileen Myles
In her first book of poetry since 2007, legendary poet, critic, and novelist Eileen Myles creates poet and poem anew as she pushes the boundaries of her craft ever closer to the enigmatic core.
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A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon
New (Soma)tics
CAConrad
The poetry in this book is accompanied by these wonderfully kooky prose pieces in which CAConrad explains the process undergone to write each individual poem. This collection is such a hoot, such a big ball of squishy joy. —Recommended by Jared, City Lights Books
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In the Sierra
Mountain Writings
Kenneth Rexroth, Kim Stanley Robinson
Nature writings by one of America's greatest poets, written out of a deep experience of the Sierras. Over the course of his life, Kenneth Rexroth wrote about the Sierra Nevada better than anyone. Progressive in terms of environmental ethics and...
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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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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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Testify
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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