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Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919–2021)

Autor/a de A Coney Island of the Mind

128+ obres 5,911 Membres 95 Ressenyes 30 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Lawrence Ferlinghetti was born Lawrence Monsanto Ferling in Yonkers, New York on March 24, 1919. He received a B. A. from the University of North Carolina, a M. A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D from the Sorbonne. During World War II, he served in the U. S. Naval Reserve and was sent to mostra'n més Nagasaki shortly after it was bombed. In 1953, he and Peter Martin began to publish City Lights magazine. They also opened the City Lights Books Shop in San Francisco to help support the magazine. In 1955, they launched City Light Publishing, which became known as the heart of the "Beat" movement. Ferlinghetti is the author of more than thirty books of poetry including Time of Useful Consciousness, Poetry as Insurgent Art, How to Paint Sunlight, A Far Rockaway of the Heart, Over All the Obscene Boundaries: European Poems and Transitions, Who Are We Now?, The Secret Meaning of Things, and A Coney Island of the Mind. He is also the author of more than eight plays and of the novels Love in the Days of Rage and Her. He has translated the work of a number of poets including Nicanor Parra, Jacques Prevert, and Pier Paolo Pasolini. He received the lifetime achievement award from the National Book Critics Circle in 2000, the Frost Medal in 2003, and the Literarian Award in 2005, presented for "outstanding service to the American literary community." He was named the first poet laureate of San Francisco in 1998. He writes a weekly column for the San Francisco Chronicle. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
Nota de desambiguació:

(eng) He was uncertain as to the year and place of his birth.

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Obres de Lawrence Ferlinghetti

A Coney Island of the Mind (1958) 1,876 exemplars
Pictures of the Gone World (1955) 312 exemplars
Starting from San Francisco (1961) 306 exemplars
Her (1960) 246 exemplars
Poetry as Insurgent Art (2007) 179 exemplars
The Secret Meaning of Things (1968) 175 exemplars
These Are My Rivers (1993) 167 exemplars
Love in the Days of Rage (1988) 139 exemplars
San Francisco Poems (2001) 132 exemplars
Wild Dreams of a New Beginning (1988) 121 exemplars
Little Boy (2019) 105 exemplars
Routines (1964) 97 exemplars
Americus, Book I (2004) 68 exemplars
Tyrannus Nix? (1969) 54 exemplars
open eye, open heart (1973) 53 exemplars
Who are we now? (1976) 45 exemplars
Back Roads to Far Places (1970) 40 exemplars
What Is Poetry? (2000) 38 exemplars
Landscapes of Living and Dying (1979) 35 exemplars
Wholly Communion [1966 film] (1966) 35 exemplars
'Beat' Poets (1961) — Col·laborador — 24 exemplars
Ferlinghetti's Greatest Poems (2017) 23 exemplars
City Lights Journal Number Three (1966) — Editor — 23 exemplars
City Lights Anthology (1974) 22 exemplars
Seven Days in Nicaragua Libre (1984) 20 exemplars
City Lights Review #2 (No.2) (1988) 17 exemplars
City Lights Journal Number One (1963) 14 exemplars
City Lights Review #1 (No.1) (1987) 14 exemplars
City Lights Journal Number Two (1964) — Editor — 13 exemplars
When I Look at Pictures (1990) 12 exemplars
Northwest ecolog (1978) 11 exemplars
Ends and Beginnings (City Lights Review No. 6) (1994) — Editor — 9 exemplars
Nine Dutch poets (1982) 8 exemplars
City Light Journal, Number 4 (1978) 7 exemplars
Poesie (2005) 7 exemplars
A Poesia Como Arte Insurgente (2016) 6 exemplars
Poesie Vecchie & Nuove (1998) 5 exemplars
Inside the Trojan Horse (1987) 5 exemplars
Blind Poet : Poète aveugle (2003) 4 exemplars
After the cries of the birds (1967) 3 exemplars
The Canticle of Jack Kerouac (1993) 3 exemplars
At Sea 2 exemplars
Storia dell`aeroplano (2008) 2 exemplars
The Illustrated Wilfred Funk (1971) 2 exemplars
¿Que es La Poesia? (2010) 2 exemplars
Howl of the censor (1976) 2 exemplars
Meele lunapark (2020) 2 exemplars
Lunapark v hlavě 1 exemplars
City lights review 1 exemplars
Ascending over Ohio 1 exemplars
A trip to Italy & France (1981) 1 exemplars
Kücük Cocuk (2020) 1 exemplars
Själens Cirkus 1 exemplars
Onun 1 exemplars
Antología 1 exemplars
The Sea Within Us (2013) 1 exemplars
Scoppi urla risate (2019) 1 exemplars
Hun 1 exemplars
Amant des gares (1990) 1 exemplars
Gedichte (1980) 1 exemplars
MANIFESTO POPULIST 1 exemplars
Christ climbed down 1 exemplars
Americus: 1-4 (2009) 1 exemplars
Poesie politiche 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The Portable Beat Reader (Viking Portable Library) (1992) — Col·laborador — 1,459 exemplars
The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems (2004) — Pròleg — 846 exemplars
The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (1999) — Col·laborador — 590 exemplars
Contemporary American Poetry (1962) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions383 exemplars
The Portable Sixties Reader (2002) — Col·laborador — 323 exemplars
The New American Poetry 1945-1960 (1960) — Col·laborador — 317 exemplars
The Best American Poetry 1999 (1999) — Col·laborador — 208 exemplars
Emergency Kit (1996) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions108 exemplars
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Col·laborador — 67 exemplars
Penguin Modern European Poets : Selections from Paroles (1965) — Translator, Introduction — 47 exemplars
Ferlinghetti portrait (1998) — Col·laborador — 24 exemplars
AQA Anthology (2002) — Autor, algunes edicions19 exemplars
Big Table 2 (1959) — Col·laborador — 10 exemplars
This Kind of Bird Flies Backward (1958) — Introducció, algunes edicions7 exemplars
Big Table 3 (1959) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
4 Poets (1995) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Peace or perish : a crisis anthology — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
New Directions in Prose and Poetry 35 (1977) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
The Analog Sea Review: Number Four (2022) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
The Southern California Anthology: Volume XI (1993) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
The Best of American Poetry [Audio] (1997) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
San Francisco poets [sound recording] — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Free passage — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Beatitude 16 — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars

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This New Directions paperback from 1958 brings together a selection of poems from Ferlinghetti's first, self-published collection Pictures of the gone world (1955) with two new, longer poems, "A Coney Island of the mind" and "Oral messages".

The title poem, "a kind of circus of the soul," in 29 sections, taking its title from a line of Henry Miller's — is something like the Ferlinghetti version of "Howl", a confrontation between the poet's sensibility and the banality of Eisenhower's America. But it's all a lot more playful and literary, full of mischievous echoes of everyone from Wordsworth, Keats and W B Yeats to T S Eliot and James Joyce. Where Ginsberg's lines thump out at you in a merciless rhythm, Ferlinghetti dances down the page in unexpected leaps and pirouettes. And comes to a fabulous conclusion in section 29 where he manages to condense Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, Anna Karenina, Hemingway, Proust and Lorca (and much else) into about 100 breathlessly unpunctuated lines.

"Oral messages" are jazz poems, meant for live performance but still quite effective on the page, again full of clever puns and literary references that you would probably only pick up on a very subliminal level in performance. "Pictures of the gone world" range a little more widely, with a few nods to the lyrical tradition, but still in the light-footed style of "Coney Island".

The typographic design, with its classic underground "typewriter-style" look, is superb — I loved that they even went as far as using freehand underlining for emphasis instead of italics. Freda Browne is credited as the designer, while the cover is by Rudolphe de Harak.
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thorold | Hi ha 30 ressenyes més | Dec 1, 2023 |
I wasn't familiar with the work of Lawrence Ferlinghetti until I read this title -- The Beat writers whose work I know the best are: Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. Although, according to Wikipedia, Ferlinghetti did not consider himself to be a Beat poet -- The poems in this collection remind me of Kerouac's style (the poetic aspect of Kerouac's writing, that is). The poem, in this work, which blew my mind more than any other -- Was written when Ferlinghetti was circa 35-36 years old (Poem #2 on p. 78 of this edition, from "Pictures of the Gone World", 1955). It could be that Poem #2 came into being as a result of either intuition, instinct -- Or both (according to the "Encyclopedia of World Biography", Ferlinghetti's father, Carlo, died six months before L. Ferlinghetti's birth; L. Ferlinghetti's mother, Clemence, was then thrown into a downward spiral and eventually institutionalized). In any case, I was amazed by what I perceived to be Ferlinghetti's visceral understanding of mortality, in the way that he juxtaposed an image of the young, lighthearted and oblivious -- With that of the old and decrepit, in Poem #2. Despite my being a person who's not usually interested in poetry -- I was impressed with this collection. And so I'll end with the text of Poem #2 from p. 78 of this edition -- As it had such a profound effect on me (the text is left-justified below i.e. not formatted in the way that Ferlinghetti did in this book).

just as I used to say
love comes harder to the aged
because they've been running
on the same old rails too long
and then when the sly switch comes along
they miss the turn
and burn up the wrong rail while
the gay caboose goes flying
and the steam engine driver don't recognize
them new electric horns
and the aged run out on the rusty spur
which ends up in
the dead grass where
the rusty tin cans and bedsprings and old razor
blades and moldy mattresses
lie
and the rail breaks off dead
right there
though the ties go on a while
and the aged
say to themselves
well
this must be the place
we were supposed to lie down
and they do
while the bright saloon careens along away
on a high
hilltop
its windows full of bluesky and lovers
with flowers
their long hair streaming
and all of them laughing
and waving and
whispering to each other
and looking out and
wondering what that graveyard
where the rails end
is
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stephencbird | Hi ha 30 ressenyes més | Sep 19, 2023 |
In notes at the end of the book Ferlinghetti describes the second volume of Americus as:

"A fragmented recording of the American stream-of-consciousness, in the tradition of William Carlos Williams’ Paterson, Charles Olson’s Maximus, Allen Ginsberg’s Fall of America, and Ed Sanders’ America: a History in Verse.

‘Time of Useful Consciousness,’ an aeronautical term denoting the time between when one loses oxygen and when one passes out, the brief time in which some lifesaving action is possible. …

Certain separate poems previously published are here given a context."

The poems start in New York and sweep westward with the expanding nation. There are significant stops in the Mississippi River Valley, Chicago, Las Vegas, and San Francisco before returning in the end to Brooklyn where the author yearns for Walt Whitman to say some words of comfort as the “Optimist of humanity en masse.”

As with the first volume, Ferlinghetti alludes to or quotes directly from other poets and songwriters, especially his fellow twentieth century bohemian cohorts. This time there are no footnotes that cite these lines. Literary aficionados start researching!
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MaowangVater | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Aug 17, 2023 |
Americus is a rush of somethings old, somethings new, and much that is borrowed that’s melancholy and horrifically true. Ferlinghetti’s poetic fugue is told in the rhythm of his musings on America and Europe through the twentieth century in a rapid rush of verbiage that is musical. But unlike a mental fugue state he remembers everything. It’s ecstatic, punctuated by the horrors of war and the wonders and contractions of life. Starting with a quote from T. S. Eliot the poem is stuffed full of allusions and quotes from authors as various as Victor Hugo and Ezra Pound, song lyrics from George M. Cohan and Tuli Kuperberg, and phrases in French, German, and Italian, all of which Ferlinghetti scrupulously footnotes at the end of the book.

It’s a bravo performance by a master poet.
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MaowangVater | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Aug 8, 2023 |

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Obres
128
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29
Membres
5,911
Popularitat
#4,175
Valoració
4.0
Ressenyes
95
ISBN
162
Llengües
14
Preferit
30

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