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Lunch Poems (City Lights Pocket Poets) Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9780872860353
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Published: City Lights Books - January 1st, 2001

This snappy collection of poems can be read in a single sitting and I recommend you do so over lunch. O'Hara paints lovely little portraits of domestic and city life with the tenderness of a close friend describing their day. My favorites in this collection are "Song," "Ave Maria," and "Steps."


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The Price of Salt, or Carol Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393325997
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 17th, 2004

Most well-known as one of the only novels to come out in the 1950s featuring a queer relationship wherein the lovers don't die or suddenly realize they're straight; I also recommend this because Patricia Highsmith is one of the most underrated writers of the 20th Century. 


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Blood and Guts in High School Cover Image
By Kathy Acker, Chris Kraus (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802127624
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Published: Grove Press - November 21st, 2017

One of my all-time faves. Chaotic, surreal... This book has been called everything from post-modern to pornographic and there are excellent arguments for both. A disturbing, inspired collage of confessional poetry, gender theory, and dirty pictures. 


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Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375701290
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Published: Vintage - July 27th, 1999

Some critics have called Anne Carson the greatest English language writer alive today and I have yet to find an alternative. This book seamlessly blends prose, poetry, and mythology in a beautiful reimagining of the Heracles (or Hercules) myth.


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Ariel: The Restored Edition: A Facsimile of Plath's Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection and Arrangement Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060732608
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - March 6th, 2018

Whether this is your first or millionth encounter with this collection of poetry I cannot recommend it enough. Sylvia Plath is one of the first poets I read that made me love the medium, and the one I revisit most often.


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No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743299411
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Published: Scribner - May 6th, 2008

Fast, punchy magical realism. Recommend for fans of Amy Hempel, Aimee Bender, and beautiful absurdity.