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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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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Place
New Poems
Jorie Graham
In an era where distrust of human experience and its attendant accountability are pervasive, Place calls us, in poems of unusual force and beauty, to re-inhabit and make full use of a more responsive and responsible place of the human in the world.
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Advice for Lovers
City Lights Spotlight Series 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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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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Tres
Bilingual Edition
Roberto Bolaño
"Poetry is braver than anyone," Roberto Bolaño believed, and the proof is here in Tres, his most inventive and bracing poetry collection.Roberto Bolaño's Tres is a showcase of the author’s willingness to freely cross genres, with poems in prose...
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Vanishing-Line
Poems
Jeffrey Yang
Jeffrey Yang's second collection of poems is an exploration of the various lines—horizon line, time line, blood line, poetic line—beyond which so much vanishes from sight, from memory.
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Waifs and Strays
City Lights Spotlight Series 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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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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Compression & Purity
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 5
Will Alexander
African American surrealism that extends from the ocean floor to the outer reaches of space.

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