Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Bronxville, New York
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Bronxville, New York
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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 ...
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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
Constantly Risking Absurdity
Constantly risking absurdity
and death
whenever he performs
above the heads
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
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
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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.


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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Mahtab Bangalee 18 February 2019
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Stuart Pearson 20 December 2018
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jeanf 25 November 2018
the dead the dead the god damned dead, the dead rule the world, the god damned dead. A pre 70's poem. did LF write this?
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Caroline Glen 28 August 2018
I loved the eccentricity of his long auto poem. Love his sarcasm? (can't remember the right word) He gets it right. I think there is more pain from ignorance than from any joy. Yes, I like the way he expresses associated hypocrisy. His writing certainly appeals to me.
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Judy ludwick 09 July 2018
Nice site
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James Vogel 10 March 2018
You helped me change my life, I read Poet Of The Streets in Boulder Col. And hit it well people stood up at that coffee shop Penny Lane a few blocks from the Naropa Inst. I was so scared cause the size of the crowd grew because Ann Waldman had a book release up on the hill off Boulder... I ran out to get a half pint of Jim Beam and guzzeled down and nailled your poem did not stuttered at all and I have a stamer. I wish you the best.
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Sunny Kuskin 23 February 2018
Once I read a poem of his that incuded oatmeal in its thoughts.Hoa can I find this? I am only 83 (Compared with him) .
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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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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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No More Leroy 20 March 2017
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Frank Avon 25 October 2014
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.
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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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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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