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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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Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Longings I didn’t know I had suddenly sprung to life: I have wandered lonely as a crowd. One of the greatest influences of my teen years. Raw sales, though, only tell part of the story. ferlingnetti

As a social phenomenon Doney Island of the Mind is truly remarkable. Feb 19, Leland rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nothing came of these relationships in the ordinary sense.

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lawrebce But it’s far more that just a cultural signpost. Critics of Ferlinghetti have noted that some of his poetry has dated, both in subject matter and in language. The last third of the book, which contains the complete text of the earlier Pictures of The Gone World reviewed early by me on Goodreads is also filled with passages which are equally memorable.

Martin, he founded City Lights Bookstore, the first all-paperbound bookshop in the country, and by he izland launched the City Lights publishing house.

A Coney Island of the Mind

Delivering Poems Around The World. I liked ’15’ where he compares a poet to a tightrope walker. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Along with Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, Ferlinghetti’s classic helped ,awrence the artistic foundation for the counterculture movements of the 50s, 60s and beyond, to the point where even today it’s a standard entry point for many wishing to explore the serious literary underground.


I looked homeward and saw no angel. 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.

On the page, I undermined the rules I lived by off the page. I have been in the Manger with an Ass. May 27, Maureen rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The middle section of this book is dedicated to poetry meant to be spoken aloud with jazz accompaniment, and thus considered to be unfinished and in flux.

I had never read Ferlinghetti before, and I bought this solely because of lawtence title. You don’t really know how the woman is feeling until the end, and then you wonder what her life was like in the next decade: Life in my household was always tense and sulky, and, now and then, explosive. A Coney Island of the Mind elevated him out of the staid world of his parents and changed his sense of self forever. An allegorical collection of poems, ‘the author intended it as a sustained metaphor or allegory for modern life’.

A Coney Island of the Mind, sct. Please, islad someone tell me in which collection of poems I can find “a bunch of broken images” and “The painter” by Ferlinghetti? The poetry, at least, seems akin to Ginsberg’s.

Book Review: ‘A Coney Island of the Mind,’ By Lawrence Ferlinghetti : NPR

Oct 09, Elyssa rated it really liked it Shelves: I worked hard in school and I never got into trouble. Perhaps I would enjoy them more if they were accompanied by jazz, as they were intended. Apr 17, Jake rated it lawrennce liked it Shelves: Books by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. I have mijd Egyptian pilots in purple clouds shopkeepers rolling up coey blinds at midday potato salad and dandelions at anarchist picnics. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Coney Island of the MindLawrence Ferlinghetti’s landmark second volume of poetry.


Sorry, Richard, I mean, Mr. But it’s not common in Ferlinghetti’s body of work at least what I’ve readleading me to believe that it was Ginsberg’s influence that inspired this poem.

I have eaten hotdogs in ballparks. Ferlinghetti was probably the 1st ‘rebel poet’ I ever read. The poor guy had no sense of responsibility to us, no idea of what was happening, and basically was making a buck from the near-disaster. It was disappointing and I felt it an act of betrayal on my part. However, one of the aspects of Ferlinghetti that make him comey a unique and beloved poet is that in an era when poetry often turns darkly introspective his looks out upon the world imnd an eternally hopeful eye.

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Rachel had a custom during my last two years of secondary school of having folks over for Constant Comment tea on her parent’s front porch when the weather was good. Also the lack of pretentiousness and lyrical frankness is charming and nourishing. If Ferlinghetti’s not a Beat is he a progenitor well, no, he’s a few yrs too late for that? Another poem that demonstrates Ferlinghetti’s use of allusion is “Junkman’s Obbligato”, an apocalyptic poem that repeats the phrase “Hurry up please it’s time” – a line from T.

View all 5 comments. He was instrumental in arranging extensive poetry tours in Italy produced by City Lights Italia in Firenze. Whatever Ferlinghetti’s ultimate ranking as a poet turns out be, few would deny that his oeuvre, aside from its cultural importance, contains some of the most original and evocative English language poetry of recent decades. I had hoped to run into him, but was not successful; however, just being in his world was enough for me.