Lawrence Ferlinghetti


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  • ''In Goya's greatest scenes we seem to see
    the people of the world
    exactly at the moment when
    they first attained the title of
    'suffering humanity'''
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919), U.S. poet. A Coney Island of the Mind (l. 20-23). . . New American Poetry, The, 1945-1960. Donald M. Allen, ed. (...
  • ''freeways fifty lanes wide
    on a concrete continent
    spaced with bland billboards
    illustrating imbecile illusions of happiness''
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919), U.S. poet. A Coney Island of the Mind (l. 20-23). . . New American Poetry, The, 1945-1960. Donald M. Allen, ed. (...
  • ''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).
  • 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 h...
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919), U.S. poet, publisher. A Coney Island of the Mind, sect. 15 (1958).
  • ''Beauty stands and waits
    with gravity
    to start her death-defying leap''
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919), U.S. poet. A Coney Island of the Mind (l. 20-23). . . New American Poetry, The, 1945-1960. Donald M. Allen, ed. (...
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  • 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.

  • 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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