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 ...

Lawrence Ferlinghetti Poems

The World Is A Beautiful Place

The world is a beautiful place
to be born into
if you don't mind happiness
not always being

I Am Waiting

I am waiting for my case to come up
and I am waiting
for a rebirth of wonder
and I am waiting

Constantly Risking Absurdity

Constantly risking absurdity
and death
whenever he performs
above the heads

Sometime During Eternity

Sometime during eternity
some guys show up
and one of them
who shows up real late

Don'T Let That Horse

Don't let that horse
         eat that violin
cried Chagall's mother

Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes

11 November 2014

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 Comments

Michael Shepherd 20 February 2005

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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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.

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Ann Jeeves 11 February 2018

Not inquiring about poems in the last 14 days, am trying to trace a poem which I beleive was written by him containg the lines Pity the Nation whose people are sheep, and whose shepherds mislead them..etc

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Stuart Pearson 20 December 2018


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Roger Ford 26 November 2017

Good poet, but never should have announced a reading right after TMI or compared all of us who had been told either nothing or contradictory tales by industry and government to sheep. The poor guy had no sense of responsibility to us, no idea of what was happening, and basically was making a buck from the near-disaster.

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Ann Posey 18 April 2021


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Connie Goldbach 03 March 2020

It's time for a copy of " PITY THE POOR NATION" please... Connie Goldbach

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Darrell Larson 21 April 2019

hey Stuart Pearson- he is alive, and alove, for that matter. he's 100 years old.

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