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Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti (born March 24, 1919) is an American poet, painter, liberal activist, and the co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Author of poetry, translations, fiction, theatre, art criticism, and film narration, he is best known for A Coney Island of the Mind (1958), a collection of poems that has been translated into nine languages, with sales of over one million copies.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti was born in Bronxville, New York on March 24, 1919. His mother, Albertine Mendes-Monsanto (born in Lyon, France) was of French/Portuguese Sephardic Jewish heritage. His father, Carlo Ferlinghetti, was born in the province of Brescia, Italy on March 14, 1872. He ... more »

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  • ''Constantly risking absurdity and death whenever he performs above the heads of his audience the poet like an acrobat climbs on rime to a high wire of his own making.''
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919), U.S. poet, publisher. A Coney Island of the Mind, sct. 15 (1958).
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  • Bronze Star - 6,008 Points Frank Avon (10/25/2014 2:23:00 AM)

    Ferlinghetti is best known for his publishing of 'Howl' by Allen Ginsburg - and for the bitter trial which attempted censoring (and censuring) it. But Ferlinghetti's own poetry, IMO, is on the whole even more interesting, provocative, and engaging than Ginsburg's. It's a shame PH does not list more of his works. I would definitely add to myfavoritepoem list his 'Christ climbed down from his bare tree this year' and 'Dog' - perhaps others that I'm not remembering at the moment. I think his 'Coney Island of the Mind' is one of the dozen or so best (and most original) collections to be published in the US in the 20th century. And, of course, his City Lights press was even more influential, publishing and promoting so many ground-breaking volumes; for example, Frank O'Hare's 'Lunch Poems' and many of the San Franciso School of poets.

  • Rookie Cunning Linguist Extroardinaire (9/27/2012 2:44:00 PM)

    Dear Micheal,
    Its like being large and small, soft and hard, smart and oblivious at perfect intervals. Immortality is living at the equator of duality. Its what you are when you stop and forget to analyse.
    You can do it too.
    You just have to die a little without dying at all.
    When cynicism comes, walk beyond and Lawrence will be there waiting.

  • Rookie Michael Shepherd (2/20/2005 12:30:00 PM)

    Dear Lawrence,
    You won't remember me. But I remember you. Harbour Lights Bookshop, forgot which year. We talked about Coney Island and the mind of America.
    I remember it so clearly. They tell me you're not around much to check they print your poems correctly. If you've time to write, dropp me a line. What's it like to be immortal?

    Michael

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