Poetry, Poetry Criticism & Poetry Biography

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Old Angel Midnight
Jack Kerouac
"The only book I've ever written in which I've allowed myself to say absolutely anything I want."—Jack Kerouac
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On Time
Poems 2005 - 2014
Joanne Kyger
A major new collection from one of the most significant poets of the SF Renaissance.
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Orphic Songs
Pocket Poets Number 54
Dino Campana
Dino Campana wrote the unique, visionary masterwork of Italian literature Orphic Songs when he was in his twenties. The originality, rapturous language, and strange beauty of his poetry make him as important to twentieth-century poetry as Garcia...
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The Other Side of the Postcard
devorah major
In conjunction with the San Francisco Public Library, poet laureate devorah major made a public appeal for poems that explored the realities of people's lives in a city as tough and tragic as it is beautiful and exhilarating. This anthology collects...
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Out of Print
City Lights Spotlight No. 14
Julien Poirier
Out of Print is a bicoastal surrealistic political poetry extravaganza.
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The Pajamaist
Matthew Zapruder
“Zapruder’s hip lyricism offers both the slippery comedy and a surprisingly grave, ultimately winning, commitment to real people, emotions, locales.”—Publishers Weekly Matthew Zapruder is a young poet reinvigorating American letters. In his...
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Paroles
Pocket Poets Number 9
Jacques Prevert
Selected Poems
In the years immediately following World War II, Jacques Prevert spoke directly to and for the French who had come of age during the German Occupation. First published in 1946 by Les Editions de Minuit, a press with its origins in the Underground...
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Paterson
William Carlos Williams
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Pedro Pietri
Selected Poetry
Pedro Pietri, Pedro Lopez Adorno, Juan Flores
A compelling and humorous collection of poems by the poet laureate of the Nuyorican Poets. Includes previously unpublished works.
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Pictures of the Gone World: Pocket Poets Series Number One
60th Anniversary Edition
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
The volume that launched City Lights' iconic Pocket Poets Series, Lawrence Ferlinghetti's first collection of poems, in an anniversary edition.
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Pier Paolo Pasolini
Poet of Ashes
Pier Paolo Pasolini, Roberto Chiesi, Andrea Mancini
In this book, readers will find poems that Pasolini wrote during his brief stay in New York, interviews, and an anthology of statements, reflections, and notes on his films.
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Pierce the Skin
Selected Poems, 1982-2007
Henri Cole
Henri Cole has been described as a "fiercely somber, yet exuberant poet" by Harold Bloom, who identifies him as the central poet of his generation. Cole's most recent poems have a daring...
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Planet News 1961-1967 (First Edition)
Pocket Poets Number 23
Allen Ginsberg
San Francisco: City Lights Books, (1968). First Edition, letterpress, 16mo, 144 pages. As new in printed wrappers.
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Poem of the Deep Song
Federico Garcia Lorca
The magic of Andalusia is crystallized in Federico Garcia Lorca's first major work, Poem of the Deep Song, written in 1921 when the poet was twenty-three years old, and published a decade later. In this group of poems, based on saetas, soleares, and...

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