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Blue Light Press is dedicated to the publication of poetry, fiction and flash fiction that is imagistic, inventive, emotionally honest, and pushes the language to a deeper level of insight. We are all poets and artists based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and our books are artistically designed.


NYC from the insideThe Poets slice the Big Apple!

FROM THE INSIDE: NYC through the Eyes of the Poets Who Live Here, is the inner voice of America's greatest city spoken aloud – the poets' State of the Union Address, the spirit and mind of 8.8 million people looking themselves square in the eye and telling it like it is. The poets slice the Big Apple into a montage of essential moments, across cultural clusters and neighborhood nooks. If you want to know the value of the human heart in our great and enduring city, read this book. Poems by Andrei Codrescu, Martin Espada, Marie Howe, Hettie Jones, Yusef Komunyakaa, Quincy Troupe, Anne Waldman and many other celebrated poets. Plus late legends Miguel Algarin, Robert Bly, Diane di Prima, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Jack Hirschman.

“A shining testament from voices of truth and love for our world in these dystopian times.” – Odilia Galván Rodríguez
“My desert island pick.” – Grace Cavalieri
“A hymn of love to NYC by her greatest inhabitants – her poets” – Rab Wilson
“This is the jungle, sung by its songbirds” – Kevin Rabas

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ISBN: 978-1-4218-3717-8



Fog & LightA love letter to San Francisco!

Fog and Light: San Francisco through the Eyes of the Poets Who Live Here, selected by Diane Frank. In this collection of poems, we show you the city that most tourists miss. Poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Hirschman, Alejandro Murguía, Barbara Quick, Thomas Centolella, Kathy Evans, Alice Rogoff, Alison Luterman, Daniel J. Langton, Robert Scotellaro, Jane Underwood, and many other celebrated poets.

"It’s been almost fifty years since I was in San Francisco, but it all comes back vividly in these poems." ~ Charles Rammelkamp, London
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"This collection lingers and holds us with this place’s difficulty, delight and dreamlike human, desert and ocean dramas."
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ISBN: 978‑1-4218-3689-8



Pandemic Puzzle PoemsPandemic Puzzle Poems, selected by Diane Frank and Prartho Sereno.

This book is a gathering of community. It chronicles our Pandemic Times through the eyes, hearts, and minds of poets. On these pages, you will find poems by Jane Hirshfield, Ted Kooser, Dorianne Laux, Stephen Dunn, Naomi Shihab Nye, Thomas Centolella, Marsha de la O, Terry Lucas, Barbara Quick, Melissa Studdard, Loretta Diane Walker, Marge Piercy, and many more poets who will delight and amaze you – some well known and others who also deserve to be read. Every poem in this book has a gift for you.

“To write a single poem is a selfless act and a minor miracle. In times of trouble
people often turn to poems, and poems often turn into prayers.”
– Joseph Zaccardi

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ISBN: 978‑1-4218-3708-6



River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st CenturyBlue Light Press has a bestselling anthology...

River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st Century, selected by Diane Frank. More than 100 poets featured, mixing the best voices of our generation with the grass roots – poets who have won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, along with lesser known poets who also deserve to be read.
#2 bestseller on Amazon for poetry anthologies! #3 bestseller for all American Poetry!

"Congratulations on this fantastic coming together of voices." ~ Jane Hirshfield
"Anywhere I turn to read, masterly and compelling work." ~ Robert Scotellaro
A glowing review by Naomi Lowinsky

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Dangerous Women
The Deep Limitless Air
by Mary Allen

Dangerous Women
Dangerous Women
by Jennifer Grant

Arms of My Longing
by Kate Aver Avraham

What We Were Born For
by Emilie Lygren

Deep Territory
by Michael Malan

To Light a House of Bones
by Carey Link (RIP 1975-2021)

Spinning to Mars
by Meg Pokrass

Learning Curve
Learning Curve
by Helga Kidder



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