Tag Archives: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The City Lights Books of Jack Kerouac

Most people think of Jack Kerouac as a novelist – and rightly so. His era-defining On the Road, foremost among a score of his other novels, is still in print after nearly sixty years and has become shorthand for the literary … Continue reading

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Homage to Richard O. Moore (1920-2015)

(Photo of Richard O. Moore, 2011, by Brian Lucas) by Garrett Caples It is with much sadness that I have to report that poet and filmmaker Richard O. Moore died on March 25, 2015, a week before the official publication … Continue reading

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When I Was a Poet: Life and Work of David Meltzer

If San Francisco poetry has its own Zelig, a figure who seems to pop up and blend in with all the scene’s different incarnations, then it must be David Meltzer, who turned 78 this past Tuesday. Meltzer moved to San Francisco from Los … Continue reading

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Remembering Al Bendich, the Lawyer that won the “Howl” Trial

On June 3rd, 1957, an undercover customs officer entered City Lights Bookstore and purchased a copy of Howl and Other Poems (1956) by Allen Ginsberg. He promptly arrested Shig Murao, the store’s manager. And later Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the publisher of … Continue reading

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New from City Lights Publishers: Deep Code by John Coletti

By Alisha Casey John Coletti’s book of poems, Deep Code, marks the twelfth volume in City Light’s Spotlight Series, a collection dedicated to innovative contemporary American poets, both veteran and upcoming. Since the creation of the Pocket Poets Series by Lawrence Ferlinghetti with his … Continue reading

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5 Questions with Gerald Nicosia

Welcome back to 5 Questions, our quasi-weekly querying of authors who visit City Lights Bookstore, whether it be a reading, discussion, or performance. This Tuesday, October 28th, Gerald Nicosia will be here to read from his new book of poems, … Continue reading

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Don Allen, Grey Fox, and Poems Retrieved by Frank O’Hara

By Katherine Duckworth When Edwin Denby said about influential editor Don Allen, “When will he have the complete poems of Frank O’Hara?” he was hoping to see two volumes of previously uncollected work joined with the original Collected Poems (a … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week: Howl on Trial, edited by Bill Morgan & Nancy J. Peters

In solidarity with our friends in the book community during Banned Books Week; the librarians, authors, journalists, bookstores, publishers, teachers, and most importantly – readers, the City Lights crew would like to share the infamous history of Howl on Trial: … Continue reading

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Allen Ginsberg on Henri Michaux

In September of 1967 the first and only issue of Interim Pad was released by City Lights and sold for just a dollar. The journal was a collection of essays and poems edited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and printed on yellow … Continue reading

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Pocket Poets Number Eleven: New Young German Poets

Germans are in the news for sports, so why not take a look at their rich avant-garde literature tradition today? Today we proudly feature Jerome Rothenberg’s New Young German Poets – number 11 in the City Lights Pocket Poets Series. … Continue reading

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