Lawrence Ferlinghetti

(Bronxville, New York)

Quotations

  • ''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. (1960) Grove Press.
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  • ''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. (1960) Grove Press.
  • ''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 his own making.''
    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. (1960) Grove Press.
  • ''The pennycandystore beyond the El
    is where I first
    fell in love
    with unreality''
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919), U.S. poet. A Coney Island of the Mind (l. 20-23). . . Postmoderns, The; the New American Poetry Revised. Donald Allen and George F. Butterick, eds. (1982) Grove Press.

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The Great Chinese Dragon

The great Chinese dragon which is the greatest dragon in all the
world and which once upon a time was towed across the
Pacific by a crew of coolies rowing in an open boat—was
the first real live dragon ever actually to reach these shores

And the great Chinese dragon passing thru the Golden Gate
spouting streams of water like a string of fireboats then broke
loose somewhere near China Camp gulped down a hundred
Chinese seamen and forthwith ate all the shrimp in San Francisco Bay

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