Poetry, Poetry Criticism & Poetry Biography

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Kenneth Patchen A Centennial Selection
Kenneth Patchen, Jonathan Clark
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A Season in Hell & The Drunken Boat
Arthur Rimbaud
Rimbaud is the reason I fell madly in love with my inner turmoil, madness, and depressive state of being. His work embraces queer anguish in way that is unparalleled in its influence across countries and in the hearts of artists and writers for decades. This edition of A Season in Hell and The Drunken Boat, published by New Directions...
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Waifs and Strays
City Lights Spotlight 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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Spring and All
Facsimile Edition
William Carlos Williams
A beautiful facsimile of the 1923 original edition which is considered "one of the greatest poems of the twentieth century". (The New York Times)Spring and All is a manifesto of the imagination — a hybrid of alternating sections of prose and free...
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The Anthology of Rap
Adam Bradley, Andrew DuBois
From the school yards of the South Bronx to the tops of the Billboard charts, rap has emerged as one of the most influential cultural forces of our time. In "The Anthology of Rap", editors Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois demonstrate that rap is also a...
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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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Letters
Emily Dickinson, Emily Fragos
A selection of the remarkable letters of Emily Dickinson in an elegant Pocket Poet edition. The same inimitable voice and dazzling insights that make Emily Dickinson's poems immortal can be found in the whimsical, humorous, and often deeply moving...
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Poems and Songs
Leonard Cohen
A magnificent selection of song lyrics and poems from across the storied career of one of the most daring and affecting poet-ongwriters in the world. In the more than half century since his first book of poems was published, Leonard Cohen has evolved...
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Testify
Joseph Lease
"I regard Lease as the best poet of his generation. This is a poetry filled with stories that are built to last. This is a poet who will become a major voice in American poetry."—David ShapiroJoseph Lease gracefully delves into American...
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Compression & Purity
City Lights Spotlight No. 5
Will Alexander
African American surrealism that extends from the ocean floor to the outer reaches of space.
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Poems
Elizabeth Bishop, Saskia Hamilton
This is the definitive edition of the work of one of America’s greatest poets, increasingly recognized as one of the greatest English-language poets of the twentieth century, loved by readers and poets alike. Bishop’s poems combine humor and sadness...
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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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Sharks in the Rivers
Ada Limón
Just give the title poem a read, and dive into the blue. —Recommended by Ivy, City Lights Books
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Stranger in Town
City Lights Spotlight No. 4
Cedar Sigo
Redolent of Wieners, Whalen, and Lamantia, Stranger in Town is the second coming of the SF Renaissance.

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