Poetry
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In the American Grain
Second Edition
William Carlos Williams
A new edition of William Carlos Williams' loving and groundbreaking book about American history, with a new introduction by Rick Moody. Although admired by D. H. Lawrence, this modern classic went generally unnoticed during the years after its...
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The Kingdom of Ordinary Time
Poems
Marie Howe
Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize: “Thought-provoking, poignant, brutal, amusing, and always beautiful.”—Elizabeth Berg Hurrying through errands, attending a dying mother, helping her own child down the playground slide, the speaker in...
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Collected Poems
Bilingual Edition
C. P. Cavafy, George Savidis
C. P. Cavafy (1863-1933) lived in relative obscurity in Alexandria, and a collected edition of his poems was not published until after his death. Now, however, he is regarded as the most important figure in twentieth-century Greek poetry, and his...
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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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Behind My Eyes
Poems
Li-Young Lee
“Lee’s lyrics have a tidal sweep as he moves between the universe within and the world without.” —Booklist, starred review...
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Where Shadows Will
Selected Poems 1988-2008; City Lights Spotlight No. 1
Norma Cole
First volume of the new City Lights Spotlight series: selected poems by a major avant-garde woman poet.
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Manatee/Humanity
Anne Waldman
A fascinating new work from an internationally renowned poet Anne Waldman's new investigative hybrid-poem explores the nuances of inter-species communication and compassion. It draws on animal lore, animal encounters (with grey wolf and manatee)...
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Portrait and Dream
New and Selected Poems
Bill Berkson
Titled after a Jackson Pollock painting at once figural and abstract, this collection spans nearly fifty years of Bill Berkson's poetry in all its deftness and variety. His poems, full of nuance, intensity, and exuberant wit, spread meaning across...
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Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds
The Teachers of WritersCorps in Poetry and Prose
Chad Sweeney
Raw, inspired testimony and work from the teachers of the National WritersCorps
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World Ball Notebook
Sesshu Foster
A genre-breaking adventure: narrative prose poems filled with awe, yearning, acerbic wit, and crystalline observations.
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Flowers of Evil & Artificial Paradise
Charles Baudelaire
Charles Baudelaire (1821-67) was one of the greatest French poets of the 19th century. Charles Baudelaire, poète maudit, the self-styled Satanic man whose collection The Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs du Mal) is marked by paeans to sexual degradation...
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The Romantic Dogs
Roberto Bolaño
Discover Roberto Bolaño as he saw himself, in his own first calling as a poet. Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) has caught on like a house on fire, and The Romantic Dogs, a bilingual collection of forty-four poems, offers American readers their first chance...
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Subduing Demons in America
Selected Poems 1962-2007
John Giorno
Associated with key 1960s avant garde figures such as Ginsberg, Burroughs, Rauschenberg, and Johns, John Giorno was an early pioneer of multimedia poetry through Giorno Poetry Systems, which also distributed a who’s who of the American underground...
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Time and Materials
Poems 1997-2005
Robert Hass
The poems in Robert Hass's new collection—his first to appear in a decade—are grounded in the beauty and energy of the physical world, and in the bafflement of the present moment in American culture. This work is breathtakingly immediate...

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