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The Oblivion Seekers: And Other Writings
The Oblivion Seekers: And Other Writings
by Isabelle Eberhardt
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Stories and journal notes by an extraordinary young woman—adventurer and traveler, Arabic scholar, Sufi mystic and adept of the Djillala cult. Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904) was an explorer who lived and traveled extensively throughout North... (read more)

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San Francisco Beat: Talking with the Poets
San Francisco Beat: Talking with the Poets
by David Meltzer
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Interviews. SAN FRANCSCO BEAT: TALKING WITH THE POETS is an essential archive of the Bear Generation, as rich moment in a fortunate place. America, somnolent, conformist, and paranoid in the 1950s, was chaged forever by a handful of people who refused an... (read more)

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Pocket Poets #28: Scattered Poems
Pocket Poets #28: Scattered Poems
by Jack Kerouac
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Poetry. Jack Kerouac does not always receive credit as one of the great American poets of the twentieth-century, but SCATTERED POEMS helps show the great range he possessed across genres. This book includes "Pull My Daisy," written with Allen Ginsberg... (read more)

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Story of the Eye
Story of the Eye
by Georges Bataille
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Novel, translated by Joachim Neugroschel. Bataille's scandalous Story of the Eye, written under the pseudonym Lord Auch, centers around the exploits of a young couple exploring the utmost boundaries of the sacred and profane. This hallucinatory melding... (read more)

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First Third and Other Writings
First Third and Other Writings
by Neal Cassady
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Immortalized as Dean Moriarty by Jack Kerouac in his epic novel, On the Road, Neal Cassady was infamous for his unstoppable energy and his overwhelming charm, his savvy hustle and his devil-may-care attitude. A treasured friend and traveling companion... (read more)

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Lunch Poems (64 Edition)
Lunch Poems (64 Edition)
by Frank O'hara
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Important poems by the late New York poet published in The New American Poetry, Evergreen Review, Floating Bear and stranger places. Often this poet, strolling through the noisy splintered glare of a Manhattan noon, has paused at a sample Olivetti to... (read more)

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The Unknown Poe: An Anthology of Fugitive Writings by Edgar Allan Poe, with Appreciations
The Unknown Poe: An Anthology of Fugitive Writings by Edgar Allan Poe, with Appreciations
by Edgar Allan Poe
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An indispensable anthology of brilliant, hard-to-find writings by Poe on poetry, the imagination, humor, and the sublime, which adds a new dimension to his stature as a speculative thinker and philosopher. Essays (in translation) by Charles Baudelaire... (read more)

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The Most Beautiful Woman in Town
The Most Beautiful Woman in Town
by Charles Bukowski
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Fiction. These mad immortal stories, now surfaced from the literary underground, have addicted legions of American readers, even though the high literary establishment continues to ignore them. In Europe, however (particularly in Germany, Italy, and... (read more)

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Pocket Poets #04: Howl: And Other Poems
Pocket Poets #04: Howl: And Other Poems
by Allen Ginsberg
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"Do we need to say anything about Howl? This is, more than anything else, the book that launched the Beat movement. By turns wildly praised and bitterly reviled, it still packs a wallop today."... (read more)

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Poem of the Deep Song
Poem of the Deep Song
by Federico Garcia Lorca
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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... (read more)

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Stories of Mr. Keuner
Stories of Mr. Keuner
by Bertolt Brecht
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Fiction. Politics. Translated by Martin Chalmers. STORIES OF MR. KEUNER gathers Bertolt Brecht's fictionalized comments on politics, everyday life, and exile. Written from the late 1920s till the late 1950s, STORIES OF MR. KEUNER is the precipitate of... (read more)

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Longing: Selected Poems
Longing: Selected Poems
by Jaime Gil De Biedma
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The poetry of Jaime Gil de Biedma, the most original and influential Spanish poet since the civil war, is finally, after years of censorship under Generalissimo Franco, reaching a huge audience in Spain. His poems capture the mood of post-civil war... (read more)

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Pocket Poets #0048: Pomes All Sizes
Pocket Poets #0048: Pomes All Sizes
by Jack Kerouac
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Poetry. Here are poems about Mexico and Tangier, Berkeley and the Bowery. Mid-fifties road poems, hymns and songs from God, drug poems, wine poems, dharma poems and Buddhist meditations. Poems to Beat friends, goofball poems, quirky haiku, and a fine... (read more)

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State of Siege
State of Siege
by Juan Goytisolo
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A traveler looks out his hotel window on a war-torn city. A mortar explodes in his room and, when the police arrive, the corpse has disappeared and only a notebook of apocryphal writings and poems is found. These enigmas lead into a labyrinth, where... (read more)

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Poems of Fernando Pessoa
Poems of Fernando Pessoa
by Fernando Pessoa
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Fernando Pessoa is Portugal’s most important contemporary poet. He wrote under several identities, which he called heteronyms: Albet Caeiro, Alvaro de Campos, Ricardo Reis, and Bernardo Soares. He wrote fine poetry under his own name as well, and... (read more)

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Danger & Beauty
Danger & Beauty
by Jessica Hagedorn
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Hagedorn muses about love and sex, and probes with wry humor and sharp social satire the heart—and hearbreaks—of the immigrant experience. "Jessica Hagedorn is one of the best of a new generation of writers who are making American language... (read more)

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Twenty Prose Poems
Twenty Prose Poems
by Charles Baudelaire
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From the introduction by Michael Hamburger: “Baudelaire's prose poems were written at long intervals during the last twelve or thirteen years of his life. The prose poem was a medium much suited to his habits and character. Being pre-eminently a... (read more)

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History as Mystery
History as Mystery
by Michael Parenti
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Cultural Writing. In a lively challenge to mainstream history, Michael Parenti does battle with a number of mass-marketed historical myths. He shows how history's victors distort and suppress the documentary record in order to perpetuate their power and... (read more)

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Love Poems from Spain and Spanish America
Love Poems from Spain and Spanish America
by Perry Higman
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The nearly seventy poems in this bilingual anthology are concerned with many kinds of love: erotic love, sublime love, filial love, maternal love, and love between brother and sister. They also explore feelings of friendship, solidarity, and the... (read more)

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Reclaiming San Francisco (98 Edition)
Reclaiming San Francisco (98 Edition)
by James Brook
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Nonfiction. " This book celebrates the fact that we live in the most glorious of all human creations, a city, with living streets, more like ancient Athens or Samarkhand or Calcutta than like the aggregate office block/parking lot/shopping malls that... (read more)

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