Poetry, Poetry Criticism & Poetry Biography

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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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Prison/Culture
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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The Shadow of Sirius
W.S. Merwin
Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Featured on NPR's "Fresh Air" and "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS. Honored as one of the "Best Books of the Year" from Publishers Weekly. "In his personal anonymity, his strict individuated...
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Bluets
Maggie Nelson
A perfect collection of fragments; a chronicle of an obsession that will obsess you, too. —Recommended by Vanessa, City Lights Books
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Selected Poems
Frank O'Hara
The first new selection of O’Hara’s work to come along in several decades. In this “marvellous compilation” (The New Yorker), editor Mark Ford reacquaints us with one of the most joyous and innovative poets of the postwar...
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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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Where Shadows Will
Selected Poems 1988-2008; City Lights Spotlight No. 1
Norma Cole
First volume of the City Lights Spotlight series: selected poems by a major avant-garde poet.
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Poems from the Women's Movement
Honor Moore
The Women's Movement of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s generated an extraordinary outpouring of poetry that captured an age of expectancy, of defiant purpose, and exuberant exploration. Here, brought together for the first time, are the poems that gave voice...
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The Captain's Verses
Love Poems
Pablo Neruda
The Nobel Prize winner 's classic collection of love poems. Pablo Neruda, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, finished writing The Captain's Verses in 1952 while in exile on the island of Capri—the paradisal setting for the blockbuster...
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Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds
The Teachers of WritersCorps in Poetry and Prose
Chad Sweeney
Raw, inspired testimony and work from the teachers of the National WritersCorps
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World Ball Notebook
Sesshu Foster
A genre-breaking adventure: narrative prose poems filled with awe, yearning, acerbic wit, and crystalline observations.
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The Pleasures of the Damned
Poems, 1951-1993
Charles Bukowski
In going through this comprehensive collection the reader is able to see past the dirty-old-man façade that has plagued Bukowski's writing and glimpse at moments of sincere compassion and prophetic epiphanies. His poetry is constantly morphing into...
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Intimacies
Poems of Love
Pablo Neruda
From Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda comes Intimacies—a beautiful companion to On the Blue Shore of Silence—showcasing some of Neruda's most extraordinary love poems, and once again married with Mary Heebner's earthy, evocative paintings. Neruda is...

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