Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Bronxville, New York
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Bronxville, New York
Friday, January 3, 2003

Constantly Risking Absurdity Comments

Rating: 4.0
Constantly risking absurdity
and death
whenever he performs
above the heads

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti
COMMENTS
Kevin Patrick 26 May 2020
This is one of the best poems period, humor with depth of imagination and skill
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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 16 July 2019
Risks! ! ! Facing the ways of life. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Bernard F. Asuncion 16 July 2019
A magnificently made poem......
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Dr Antony Theodore 16 July 2019
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 16 July 2019
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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Jeri Watson 30 July 2016
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?
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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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Russell Beaty 04 December 2007
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
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David Peters 28 December 2006
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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Doug Connor 15 May 2016
I agree. Like e.e. cummings, the appearance of the words on the page is part of the sense.
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Stan Jelley 01 December 2004
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!
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