A Coney Island of the Mind is a collection of poetry by Lawrence Ferlinghetti originally published in It contains some of Ferlinghetti’s most famous poems. A Coney Island of the Mind has ratings and reviews. Bill said: This is one of the best-selling poetry books of all time, and, although that i. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Coney Island of the Mind, Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s landmark second volume of poetry.

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I have heard the sound ferlinghdtti revelry by night. Raw sales, though, only tell part of the story. One of the greatest influences of my teen years. I bought my copy of this book at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, sat, and read it from cover to cover.

Here’s a small ferlimghetti from “I am Waiting” that seems like a good place to end this review: I have seen the garbagemen parade when it was snowing.

City Lights Publishers began with the Pocket Poets Series, through which Ferlinghetti aimed to create an international, dissident ferment. Mine was the heart Ferlinghetti described as a foolish fish cast up and gasping for love “in a blather of asphalt and delay.

Employing open elastic lines that often seesaw across the page, Ferlinghetti’s verse is a unique combination of Whitmanesque proclamation and Dionysian celebration, where a deep love for life and art is interlaced with call for the human race to finally begin living up to its potential.


See 1 question about A Coney Island of the Mind…. We were friends, but the passion wasn’t reciprocated. Pictures of the Ferlinggetti World.

Here we have the heroine of a fantasy novel on scrutiny: Want to Read saving…. Every bookish malcontent in the world gets all hot and bothered by the Beats, and that’s fine, of course, but Lawrence Ferlinghetti is one of the major poets of the movement and he gerlinghetti overlooked quite often.

A poem from A Coney Island of the Mind by Lawrence Ferlinghetti | Poets & Writers

I am waiting for the rebirth of wonder she loved to look at flowers I am waiting Johnny Nolan has a patch on his ass The world is a beau tiful place it is heavenly weather They were putting up the statue of St. June Learn how and when to remove this template message. If only this were the case more often! There’s always the possibility that when one reads something in one’s ‘formative yrs’ that it becomes deeply instantiated.

Ferlinghetti is, in my view, king of the Beat Era poets.

Then again, it’s often unclear to me who the Beats were – aside from the core circle of friends most often referenced: But reading Ferlinghetti, I encountered a breathtaking rejection of the values I grew up with. I ran out to get a half pint of Jim Beam and guzzeled down and nailled your poem did not stuttered at all and I have a stamer. View all 7 comments. Delivering Poems Around The World.


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Navy in World War II as a ship’s commander. I think his ‘Coney Island of the Mind’ is one of the dozen or so best and most original collections to be published in the US in the 20th century. Meeting and working with him in was an experience I’ll never forget.

I can feel the influence of the beatniks, slam poetry, the style of E. Oct 09, Elyssa rated it really liked it Shelves: The Pennycandystore Beyond The It allows the reader to freely read it, changing the meaning of the sentence depending on your intonation.

His use of structure is very note-worthy.

A poem from A Coney Island of the Mind by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

I have been in Asia with Noah in the Ark. Nothing came of these relationships in the ordinary sense. Highly recommended, especially for people who are hep to the Beat jive but need to be given a wider perspective. Please help to improve this article by ialand more precise citations. It did include some of those who were our suburb’s counter-culture: Not reading this is UnAmerican.

Sorry, Richard, This was my first book of poetry. Apr 05, kate rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: