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Essential Blake
William Blake
From the introduction by Stanley Kunitz: Blake speaks more directly to us, anticipating the issues, conflicts, and anxieties of the modern world, than any of his contemporaries. It could be argued that he dared, in fact, to be the first modern...
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The Essential Neruda
Selected Poems
Pablo Neruda
This collection of Neruda's most essential poems will prove indispensable. Selected by a team of poets and prominent Neruda scholars in both Chile and the U.S., this is a definitive selection that draws from the entire breadth and width of Neruda's...
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Evidence
Mary Oliver
Never afraid to shed the pretense of academic poetry, never shy of letting the power of an image lie in unadorned language, Mary Oliver offers us poems of arresting beauty that reflect on the power of love and the great gifts of the natural world...
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Expect Delays
Poems
Bill Berkson
"A serene master of syntactical sleight and transformer of the mundane into the marvelous."—Publishers Weekly Wide-ranging and experimental, Expect Delays confronts past and present with rare equilibrium, eyeballing mortality while appreciating the richness and surprise, as well as the inevitable griefs, inherent in the time allowed.
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Fast Speaking Woman: Chants and Essays
Pocket Poets Number 33
Anne Waldman
This expanded edition of Anne Waldman's poems and essays adds 20 poems and three essays to the original. Published in City Lights' Pocket Poets series, the collection is the perfect size to carry in a pocket or purse. The poems, however, are...
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Fear, some
Douglas Kearney
Recommended by Tan, City Lights Books. Stealing tropes from militancy to minstrelsy, Fear,some broadcasts from the slippery moments when personal, national, racial and aesthetic anxieties overlap.
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Field Guide
Robert Hass
The Winning volume in the 1972 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition is a collection of richly anecdotal, lyric poems. Robert Hass writes about the California coast, about birds, fish, books, friends, presents sensations, and the impingements...
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The Flash of Lightning Behind the Mountain
New Poems
Charles Bukowski
The second of five new books of unpublished poems from the late, great, Charles Bukowski, America's most imitated and influential poet -- 143 never-before-seen works of gritty, amusing, and inspiring verse.  ...
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Four Quartets
T. S. Eliot
The last major verse written by the Nobel laureate, including “Burnt Norton,” “East Coker,” “The Dry Salvages,” and “Little Gidding.”...
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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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From Nicaragua with Love
First edition
Ernesto Cardenal
San Francisco City Lights 1986, 1986. First edition 79pp. Slight wear to wraps; near fine. Pocket Poets series book number 43. New, 1st Edition
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Front Lines
Pocket Poets Number 55
Jack Hirschman
In the activist verse of this poetic warrior, always committed, the actual world is never out of mind, even in his most intimate poems. Kabbalist, populist, and communist, Hirschman has published over sixty books of his own poetry, and this...
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Ghost Tantras
Michael McClure
Latest from City Lights/Grey Fox! 50 years since its first publication, we present Michael McClure's signature work, Ghost Tantras, back in print. Grahhr!
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Haiti Glass
Lenelle Moïse
With rhythmic poetry and intimate prose, Haiti Glass offers an unflinching look at disaster, desire, and death-defying love.

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