Collection : City Lights Spotlight, City Lights Publishers

The state of the world calls out for poetry to save it.
—Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Beginning with the Pocket Poets Series and the publication of Howl, City Lights has played a vital role in American poetry for over 50 years. In the tradition of the press's storied poetic origins, we are pleased to announce a new series, City Lights Spotlight. Bay Area poet Garrett Caples will edit the series.

City Lights Spotlight hopes to shine a light on the wealth of innovative American poetry being written today. We intend to publish accomplished figures known in the poetry community as well as young emerging poets, using the cultural visibility of City Lights to bring their work to a wider audience. In doing so, we also seek to draw attention to those small presses publishing such authors.

"With the Spotlight series, we're hoping to grow the audience for the poets we'll publish, and also to introduce our readers to the rich world of contemporary innovative poetry we’ll be drawing from. It’s an opportunity for City Lights to play a meaningful role in a different way, and it’s a natural complement to our established poetry program," says City Lights Executive Director and Publisher Elaine Katzenberger.

As City Lights founder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, wrote in his recent Poetry as Insurgent Art, "If you would be a poet, experiment with all manner of poetics . . . to create your own limbic, your own underlying voice, your ur voice." With City Lights Spotlight, we seek to maintain this standard of innovation and inclusiveness, publishing highly original poetry from across the cultural spectrum, and reaffirming our longstanding commitment to this most ancient and stubbornly enduring form of art.

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More Gone
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 18
Edmund Berrigan
From New York School scion and memoirist, a new book of poems considering domesticity in the heart of the city.

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Cruel Futures
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 17
Carmen Giménez Smith
A Latina feminist State of the Union address at the intersection of pop culture and interiority.

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Invocation to Daughters
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 16
Barbara Jane Reyes
Volume 16 in the City Lights Spotlight Series: Feminist experimental poetry in the tradition of Audre Lorde and Theresa Kyung Cha from a prominent Filipina American poet.

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Holy Ghost
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 15
David Brazil
Anarcho-socialism meets Christian mysticism in an Occupy veteran's avant-garde poems.

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Out of Print
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 14
Julien Poirier
Out of Print is a bicoastal surrealistic political poetry extravaganza.

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Women in Public
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 13
Elaine Kahn
Women in Public dismantles and reassembles the humor, absurdity, and often terror that inform our interactions with gender, sexuality, and amorous consumption.

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Deep Code
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 12
John Coletti
Deep Code explores "side language," as a subset of other languages, whether slang or metaphor, to both communicate and obfuscate.

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The Tranquilized Tongue
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 11
Eric Baus
If a picture paints 1000 words, "each letter contains 100 films" in the surrealist wordscape of The Tranquilized Tongue.

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Here Come the Warm Jets
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 10
Alli Warren
"Warren's first book of poems is highly self-reflective, interestingly interrogative, and a lot of fun."—Booklist

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Joie de Vivre: Selected Poems 1992-2012
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 9
Lisa Jarnot
A selection from twenty years of poetry from one of the key avant-garde women poets of the post-Language generation.

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