A Coney Island of the Mind
A million copies in print—translated into over a dozen languages—one of the best-selling and most popular books of poetry ever published, now available in a new hardcover edition containing a CD of the author reading his work.Ferlinghetti is a national treasure, and his voice has become part... show more
A million copies in print—translated into over a dozen languages—one of the best-selling and most popular books of poetry ever published, now available in a new hardcover edition containing a CD of the author reading his work.Ferlinghetti is a national treasure, and his voice has become part of our collective conscience. Some of his most famous poems from this collection such as "I Am Waiting" and "Junkman's Obbligato" were created for jazz accompaniment. Written in the conservative post-war 1950s, his poems still resonate, as they will continue to resonate, with a joyful anti-establishment fervor that beats a rhythmic portrait of humanity. Ferlinghetti sings of a world in which "the heart flops over / gasping 'Love'," "cadillacs fell thru the trees like rain," and where "we are the same people / only further from home / on freeways fifty lanes wide." This special 50th Anniversary Edition comes with a newly recorded CD of the author reading the 29 poems of the title section of A Coney Island of the Mind as well as selections from Pictures of the Gone World.
Publish date: April 17th 2008
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 96
Edition language: English
, 20th Century
Lawrence Ferlinghetti is one the more unknown figures of the Beat Generation. However, 'A Coney Island of the Mind' presents itself as one the most accessible and enjoyable introductions both to the writing of the Beat Poets as to poetry in general.What makes this tiny book of poetry so special? It'...
Ferlinghetti can still sound fresh after 50 years in his poetry. His "beat" poems to be accompanied by music can be a bit glib, but in his written poetry he typically avoids the flippant remark and provides an interesting look at the familiar instead.
My favorite book of beat poetry by my favorite beat poet. This 50th anniversary edition is a handsome hardcover book that includes not only all of Coney Island of The Mind but selected poems from his first book, Picutres of The Gone World and "Oral Messages" a collection of poem meant for jazz accom...