Poetry, Poetry Criticism & Poetry Biography

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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In Danger
A Pasolini Anthology
Pier Paolo Pasolini, Jack Hirschman
In Danger reveals the literary life of internationally renowned filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini
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From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate
Bedouin Hornbook, Djbot Baghostus's Run, Atet A.D. (Vol. 1-3)
Nathaniel Mackey
The great American jazz novel of "such exquisite rhythmic lyricism" by National Book Award Winner Nathaniel Mackey. From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate: Volumes 1-3 collects the first three installments—Bedouin Hornbook...
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Solar Poems
Homero Aridjis
Visionary poems by Mexico's famed poet-activist
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In Search of Duende
Second Edition
Federico García Lorca, Christopher Maurer
An excellent compilation of Lorca's poetry and prose, emphasizing Lorca's notion of the duende, the "earth spirit of irrationality and death." The notion of "duende"—a demonic earth spirit embodying irrationality, earthiness, and a heightened...
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Trance Archive
New and Selected Poems; City Lights Spotlight No. 3
Andrew Joron
Like a chance encounter between Einstein and Breton, Trance Archive embraces philosophy, science, and surrealism.
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Book of Mercy
Leonard Cohen
Popular since its original publication more than 25 years ago, Leonard Cohen's classic book of contemporary psalms is now beautifully repackaged.  Internationally celebrated for his writing and his music, Leonard Cohen is revered as one of the great...

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