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Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet and founder of City Lights Books, author of A Coney Island of the Mind and Pictures of the Gone World, among numerous other books, has been drawing from life since his student days in Paris where he frequented the Academie Julien and where he did his first oil painting. show more

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet and founder of City Lights Books, author of A Coney Island of the Mind and Pictures of the Gone World, among numerous other books, has been drawing from life since his student days in Paris where he frequented the Academie Julien and where he did his first oil painting.
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Birth date: March 24, 1919
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MarginMan
MarginMan rated it 3 years ago
73 pages of writing and 15 black and white photographs. The first and longest piece is his 1998 inaugural address as poet laureate of San Francisco. He mixes silly left-wing rants (against the Navy, against automobiles, against chain stores) with a few short poems and some proposals for the city. ...
MarginMan
MarginMan rated it 3 years ago
Tempted to give it a 3 1/2, but I have a history of being harsh on poetry. So I'll call it a soft 4."A poem is a mirror walking down a strange street.""Silence hung like a lost idea.""And each poem a picture at an exhibition upon a blank wall made of concrete chaos."That last one makes me wonder if ...
sarah
sarah rated it 3 years ago
I find it difficult to write about this book. It's emotional and moving, but the prose is sparse, the stories are highly abstracted, and the grief, heartache, and longing are expressed so physically it's almost unbearable. It made me so uncomfortable I couldn't put it down. But then again, it's so b...
WorldInColour
WorldInColour rated it 4 years ago
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'...
The House That Books Built
The House That Books Built rated it 4 years ago
I hesitate to rate this because I read it as part of a genre challenge, and it is a genre I don't usually read I realise poetry is a huge subject, but if poetry is a language, it might as well be Double Dutch, and I don't speak it..
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