Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Rookie (Bronxville, New York)

Poetry as Insurgent Art [I am signaling you through the flames] - Poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

I am signaling you through the flames.

The North Pole is not where it used to be.

Manifest Destiny is no longer manifest.

Civilization self-destructs.

Nemesis is knocking at the door.

What are poets for, in such an age?
What is the use of poetry?

The state of the world calls out for poetry to save it.

If you would be a poet, create works capable of answering the challenge of apocalyptic times, even if this meaning sounds apocalyptic.

You are Whitman, you are Poe, you are Mark Twain, you are Emily Dickinson and Edna St. Vincent Millay, you are Neruda and Mayakovsky and Pasolini, you are an American or a non-American, you can conquer the conquerors with words....

Topic(s) of this poem: apocalypse


Comments about Poetry as Insurgent Art [I am signaling you through the flames] by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

  • (4/17/2018 12:46:00 AM)


    I wonder if he ever figured out what a pile of rubbish this is. (Report) Reply

    (8/5/2018 1:40:00 AM)

    I wonder if you ever figured out what a poem might be...

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 18, 2015



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