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City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology
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City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology


"This comprehensive selection from the influential City Lights Pocket Poets Series is a landmark retrospective, celebrating forty years of publishing and cultural history.

From the introduction by Lawrence Ferlinghetti:
“Even though some say that an avant-garde in literature no longer exists, the smaller independent publisher is itself still a true avant-garde, its place still out there, scouting the unknown . . . From the beginning, the aim was to publish across the board, avoiding the provincial and the academic . . . I had in mind rather an international, dissident, insurgent ferment . . .”

Includes poetry by:
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Kenneth Rexroth, Kenneth Patchen, Allen Ginsberg, Marie Ponsot, Denise Levertov, Gregory Corso, Jacques Prévert, Robert Duncan, Jerome Rothenberg, Nicanor Parra, Robert Nichols, Anselm Hollo, Malcolm Lowry, Frank O’Hara, Philip Lamantia, Bob Kaufman, Janine Pommy-Vega, Charles Upton, Pablo Picasso, Robert Bly, Diane di Prima, Jack Kerouac, Andrei Voznesensky, Pete Winslow, Harold Norse, Anne Waldman, Jack Hirschman, Stefan Brect, Peter Orlovsky, Antler, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ernesto Cardenal, Antonio Porta, Adam Cornford, La Loca, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Daisy Zamora, Rosario Murillo, and Alberto Blanco.

Title:City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:259 pages

    City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology Reviews

  • James Barker
    Oct 31, 2014

    I bought this swanky little collection in the mecca that is the City Lights bookstore in Frisco back in 2003 and while I have dipped into it through the years I chose a rainy weekend for the exercise ...

  • Jessie
    Feb 03, 2009

    Picked this up at City Lights while in San Francisco. Being in that store was like a religious experience for a Beat geek like me, especially the little room upstairs. It was like walking in the foots...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Apr 05, 2015

    This is such a great read for National Poetry Month, but it will have to be for next year since it isn't coming out until June. I happily read it early through a review copy from the publisher. This i...

  • Ken
    Oct 10, 2015

    More negative than positive here. A collection of poets published by City Lights edited by some chap calling himself Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Includes work by some chap calling himself a poet (also "Jac...

  • Rand
    Oct 15, 2012

    This book cut my teeth....

  • City Lights Booksellers & Publishers
    Jun 10, 2015

    Los Angeles Review of Books"The true marvel of the City Light Pocket Poets Anthology is its reappearance in its 60th year. That represents a venerable tradition (and a long run) for an avant-garde tha...

  • Diane
    Mar 29, 2012

    I got City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology as a gift and it's been a lot of fun to read. My only complaint is that there is only a small number of women poets included in the selections. Some people may...

  • Edmund Davis-Quinn
    Feb 08, 2012

    Some excellent poems, a lot that didn't really touch me.Really appreciate the work of City Lights and love Lawrence Ferlinghetti, but covers a vast, vast range.Cool book to browse to discover new poet...

  • J.C.
    Oct 27, 2012

    For someone like me, who has trouble reading poetry, but still greatly enjoys it and wants to test the waters of all the different poets out there, this anthology was a delight. It's fascinating to re...

  • Tim
    Jan 10, 2011

    If you like BEAT poetry (and I wouldn't want a world without all that "Belief and Technique" stuff)or if you just like wander a little further away from the din and clatter of main-stream classics and...