poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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Comments about Lawrence Ferlinghetti

  • Sunny Kuskin (2/23/2018 8:09:00 AM)

    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 (2/11/2018 6:45:00 AM)

    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 (11/26/2017 10:28:00 AM)

    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 (3/20/2017 9:13:00 AM)

    https: //soundcloud.com/no_more_leroy/reading-by-the-pound-re-mastered

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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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Best Poem of Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Constantly Risking Absurdity

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
and balancing on eyebeams
above a sea of faces
paces his way
to the other side of the day
performing entrachats
and sleight-of-foot tricks
and other high theatrics
and all without mistaking
any thing
for what it may not be
For he's the super realist
who must perforce perceive
taut truth
before the taking of each stance or step
in his supposed advance
toward that ...

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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
for someone to really discover America
and wail
and I am waiting
for the discovery
of a new symbolic western frontier