Poetry & Poetry Criticism

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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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The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas
The Original Edition
Dylan Thomas
The original and classic The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas is available once again, now with a brilliant new preface by Paul Muldoon. The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas contains poems that Thomas personally decided best represented his work. A...
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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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The Rose of Time
New and Selected Poems (Bilingual Edition)
Bei Dao
A selection from the lifework of the internationally renowned poet Bei Dao, who is "like reading Chekhov or Turgenev reflected in a porcelain bowl" (The Times [London]). in the mirror there is always this moment this moment leads to the door of...
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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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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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The Black Automaton
Douglas Kearney
From ambivalent animals thriving after Katrina to party chants echoing in a burning city, The Black Automaton troubles rubble, cobbling a kind of life. In this collection, bodies at risk seek renewal through violence and fertility, history and myth...
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Black Nature
Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry
Camille T. Dungy
An exquisite collection; some personal favorites can be found on pages 7, 14, 26, 77, 132, and 338. —Recommended by Ivy, City Lights Books Black Nature is the first anthology to focus on nature writing by African American poets, a genre that until now has not commonly been counted as one in which African American poets have participated.

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