Collection : City Lights/Grey Fox, City Lights Publishers

One of the great publisher-editors of American literature in the 20th century, Donald M. Allen (1912-2004) is best known as the editor of The New American Poetry: 1945-1960 (Grove Press 1960), a seminal anthology that introduced a revolutionary new generation of postwar poetry that was to change the course of American literature. In 1960, Allen moved permanently from New York to San Francisco, where he established Grey Fox and the Four Seasons Foundation, two significant literary presses where he continued to publish work from Beat, San Francisco Renaissance, Black Mountain, and New York School writers, as well as younger new voices.  Among the authors were Richard Brautigan, Robert Creeley, Edward Dorn, Robert Duncan, Jack Kerouac, Joanne Kyger, Philip Lamantia, Frank O'Hara, Charles Olson, John Rechy, Aaron Shurin, Gary Snyder, Jack Spicer, Lew Welch, and Philip Whalen.

Grey Fox Press and Four Seasons Foundation were among the many emerging presses that City Lights distributed in the late 1960s, and when Don Allen began thinking about retirement, City Lights offered to acquire the backlists. Today, we're proud to be publishing the significant works from these presses in our City Lights/Grey Fox series. We recently published an expanded edition of Lew Welch's Ring of Bone: Collected Poems, with a new foreword by Gary Snyder and a statement of poetics gleaned from Welch's writing. In January 2013 we're publishing an updated edition of Michael Rumaker's classic memoir, Robert Duncan in San Francisco, featuring newly discovered, never-before-published correspondence between Rumaker and Duncan, and an interview with the author. Looking down the road, we've scheduled a new edition of Frank O'Hara's Poems Retrieved, and there will be more to come in this ongoing tribute to the enduring legacy of Don Allen's contribution to American letters.

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Ghost Tantras
Michael McClure
New from City Lights/Grey Fox! 50 years since its first publication, we present Michael McClure's signature work, Ghost Tantras, back in print. Grahhr!



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Poems Retrieved
Frank O'Hara
A reissue of the classic, essential companion to O'Hara's "Collected Poems," with a new foreword by Bill Berkson.



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Robert Duncan in San Francisco
Michael Rumaker
A revealing portrait of a major poet of the SF Renaissance and a gripping account of late '50s gay life.



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Ring of Bone
Collected Poems (New & Expanded Edition)
Lew Welch
A new and expanded edition of the classic go-to collection of Lew Welch's poetry, a must for both fans and new readers.



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Trip Trap
Haiku on the Road
Jack Kerouac, Albert Saijo, Lew Welch
This newly-revised edition-originally published in 1973-of the haiku Jack Kerouac, Albert Saijo, and Lew Welch jotted down on the road from San Francisco to New York in 1959, are dense, earthy incarnations of life on the road: "A coral colored...



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Old Angel Midnight
Jack Kerouac
Old Angel Midnight (1959) was one result of Kerouac's automatic writing experiments in which he would spill his chemically inspired thoughts onto paper to see what came out. Though Kerouac was initially denounced by literary critics as an oddball, his...



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Good Blonde
Jack Kerouac
In these uncollected writings Jack Kerouac portrays himself in his life. He hitches a ride to San Francisco with a blonde, goes on the road with photographer Robert Frank, rides bus through the Northwest and Montana, records the blues of an old Negro...



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The Perfection of Wisdom
In Eight Thousand Lines & Its Verse Summary
Edward Conze
After the Torah, the Koran and the Gospels, the Indian literature of "The Perfection of Wisdom" has had the greatest impact on the religious consciousness of mankind. Its composition extended for over seven hundred years, and here we offer the reader...



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Elements of a Coffee Service
Robert Glück
In these narratives, Robert Glück takes essay, lyric, fable, gossip, and dismantles these traditional categories. With their parts he constructs stories where emotions find release and events yield their meanings.



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Heaven and Other Poems
Jack Kerouac
Donald Allen, the late great editor of the Evergreen Review at Grove Press and editor of the seminal anthology, The New American Poetry, first met Jack Kerouac in 1956 when he and Allen Ginsberg came to visit at his West Village apartment...



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