Poetry
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Erotic Poems
e. e. cummings, George James Firmage
E. E. Cummings’s erotic poems and drawings gathered in a single volume. Many years ago the prodigious and famously prolific E. E. Cummings sat in his study writing and thinking about sex. His private brooding gave way to poems and drawings of sexual...
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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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From the Canyon Outward
Neeli Cherkovski
With his new collection, Neeli Cherkovski continues the exploration started with his award winning Leaning Against Time. He once again opens the window to the self and takes us deeper into his search for reason, redemption and love. Cherkovski takes...
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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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The Plot Genie
Gillian Conoley
Inspired by "the plot genie"—a plot-generating device created in the 1930s that used numerical games of chance to divine character traits and plot points—this imaginative, book-length poem discusses the ways in which people are re-created, inspired...
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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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The End of the West
Michael Dickman
"Dickman's book moves with careful intensity as it confidently illuminates buried, contemporary suffering."—Publishers Weekly The poems in Michael Dickman's energized debut document the bright desires and all-too-common sufferings of modern times...

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