From the Backlist: Anne Waldman’s Fast Speaking Woman

The 40th anniversary event for the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics is this Sunday, April 20th, at City Lights Books. In preparation of this event, we’d like to share…

Planet News

Planet News!

“He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that…


Excerpt from Border Patrol Nation by Todd Miller

In Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Border Security, Todd Miller documents the rapid militarization of the U.S. Border Patrol, a change that has led to an…


Poetry on a Monday: Baseball? Tis the season

September 1965 Poetry Magazine Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Baseball Canto


Friday Staff Pick: City

City Alessandro Baricco An intellectually powerful and refreshing narrative seen through the eyes of a boy prodigy with a strong will and an overactive imagination. This book has many dimensions…

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Planet News!

The entire population of this town consists of one woman, Elsie Eller. It is the only incorporated municipality in the United States with such a demographic. She acts as mayor…


Etel Adnan in Conversation with Lisa Robertson

The Spring 2014 issue of BOMB features an interview with poet, painter, and essayist Etel Adnan, whose book of lyric vignettes, In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country…

Tender Buttons

Excerpt from Tender Buttons: The Corrected Centennial Edition

Tender Buttons: The Corrected Centennial Edition is hot off the press here at City Lights Publishers–the first and only edition of the modernist classic to incorporate Gertrude Stein’s own handwritten…

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Poetry on a Monday

It’s National Poetry Month, which means we have lots of poetry going on in the poetry room throughout April. On Tuesday the 8th, Raina J. León, Alexandra Mattraw, and Kevin…


Friday Staff Pick: Piano Stories

Piano Stories Felisberto Hernández Translated by Luis Harss Introduction by Italo Calvino Preface by Francine Prose One of the strangest things I have ever read. It is wonderful. —Recommended by…