Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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Constantly Risking Absurdity - Poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Constantly risking absurdity
and death
whenever he performs
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Comments about Constantly Risking Absurdity by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

  • (7/16/2019 11:56:00 PM)

    This poem makes me think of Plato who decided to kick out the poet out of his Republic for the poet, according to him, makes things up which are not good for his perfect state. But he errs in this for if he had read the Bible he would have seen the God himself is a poet. (Report)Reply

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  • (7/16/2019 11:15:00 PM)

    The poet
    " a little charlychaplin man
    who may or may not catch
    her fair eternal form
    spreadeagled in the empty air
    of existence"
    Amazing role played by a poet in pursuit of beauty fabulously elaborated. Well deserved modern poem of the Day.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/16/2019 10:54:00 AM)

    Risks! ! !

    Facing the ways of life.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Jez Brul (7/16/2019 9:59:00 AM)

    This great poem has an uncanny resemblance to alliterative/ accentual verse. (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (7/16/2019 6:41:00 AM)

    A magnificently made poem...... (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (7/16/2019 1:26:00 AM)

    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.. really grat.tony
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  • Adeeb Alfateh (7/16/2019 12:58:00 AM)

    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

    great writing
    great 10+++++++++++++++++++++++++
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  • (7/30/2016 6:25:00 AM)

    About 50 yrs ago I read poems by Ferlinghetti. What is the name of the poem in which he put words together as they rise in a semicircle? Almost like a pictograph? (Report)Reply

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  • (5/10/2008 9:53:00 AM)

    i love ferlihnghetti and have ever since my first modern american poetry class in 1970-

    i think 'constantly risking absurdity' is one of the great anthems for poets...
    we surely do risk absurdity and flying above the heads of our audiences, only because they often won't just see what they see.

    'i am waiting' is my favorite of his....but he has been an inspiration for my poetry for almost 40 years,

    thank you, lawrence
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  • (12/4/2007 5:53:00 PM)

    Ferlinghetti was one strange man this poem was the only one that didnt depress me, I aslo like the charliechaplin man I thought that that made the poem (Report)Reply

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  • (12/28/2006 5:02:00 PM)

    While I'm not generally a fan of Ferlinghetti's poems, I've always loved this one.

    It's sad to see that it is not formatted here the way he arranged it. Using the original format is critical if readers/listeners are to truly capture the meanings and emotional content of this poem.
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    (5/15/2016 6:07:00 PM)

    I agree. Like e.e. cummings, the appearance of the words on the page is part of the sense.

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  • (12/1/2004 12:12:00 AM)

    One of my favourite poems; sums up and illuminates like nothing else could the personal exposure and risk inherent in any creative act. The common farewell these days of Take Care is the very opposite. The final image of the charleychaplin man who may or may not catch beauty shows again the self-sacrificing risk in pursuit of success, satisfaction, or even audience acclaim. But how artistically and with what panache does Ferlinghetti express it! (Report)Reply

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