Poetry, Poetry Criticism & Poetry Biography

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Ink on Paper
John Wilson
As if done with sumi ink, these verses by John Wilson are meditative responses to the landscapes of great classical masters. Each poem faces a reproduction of a work by an artist of mythic stature, among them Sesshu, Sesson, Buson, Musashi, Sengai...
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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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The Island of My Hunger
Cuban Poetry Today
Francisco Morán
A dramatic selection of work by a new generation of Cuban poets to whom North American readers have as yet had little or no access.
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Jane
A Murder
Maggie Nelson
Maggie Nelson has a lot of fans on staff at City Lights, and I'm the latest member to join the club. Nelson compellingly portrays the murder of her aunt using a mix of memoir, theory, and poetics. Suggest reading "The Red Parts" (a nonfiction account by Nelson) first. —Recommended by Stacey, City Lights, Publishers
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Jazz Poems
Ever since its first flowering, jazz has had a powerful influence on American poetry; this scintillating anthology offers a treasury of poems that are as varied and as vital as the music that inspired them.From the Harlem Renaissance to the beat...
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Joie de Vivre
Selected Poems 1992-2012; City Lights Spotlight No. 9
Lisa Jarnot
A selection from twenty years of poetry from one of the key avant-garde women poets of the post-Language generation.
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Kaddish and Other Poems: 1958-1960
Pocket Poets Number 14, 50th Anniversary Edition
Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg's "Kaddish," a long poem written about the madness and death of his mother, Naomi, is widely considered to be one his major works. This special fiftieth­-anniversary edition of Kaddish & Other Poems features an illuminating afterword by...
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Kenneth Patchen A Centennial Selection
Kenneth Patchen, Jonathan Clark
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The Last Night of the Earth Poems
Charles Bukowski
High proof alcohol, heaven-sent classical music, and a hardass attitude you can't beat with a stick; sturm und drang à la sleazy L.A.
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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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Leaves of Grass
The First (1855) Edition
Walt Whitman, Malcolm Cowley
Described by Emily Dickinson as "disgraceful" and by Emerson as "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America had yet contributed" to world literature, Leaves of Grass is more than a literary performance. In his departure from the...
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Listen! Early Poems: 1913-1928
Pocket Poets Number 47
Vladimir Mayakovsky
Mayakovsky's is one of the most compelling voices in twentieth-century Russian poetry. Born in 1893, he joined the Futurist movement in 1912 and soon established himself as one of Russia's major poets.
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Poems
Solmaz Sharif
Starting with the title itself, Sharif's goal is lterally to pull apart the sterile language and phrasing taken directly from military strategy, analysis, and description, and reveal the complications of life affected by war. This is an astonishing work. —Recommended by Chris, City Lights Publishers
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Lost Profiles
Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism
Philippe Soupault
A literary retrospective of a crucial period in modernism—the transition from Dada to Surrealism––via portraits and encounters with its literary lions, including Joyce, Proust, Reverdy, Apollinaire, Crevel and more by the co-founder of the Paris surrealist group.

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