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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The second part is written in a more straightforward style, which the author explains in the preface Constantly risking absurdity and death whenever he performs above the heads of his audience the poet like an acrobat climbs on rime to a high wire of his own making pg. I lived a secret life in the poetry I went on to read — and in the poems I began to write. Open Preview See a Problem?

A prominent voice of the wide-open poetry movement that began in the s, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has written poetry, translation, fiction, theater, art criticism, film narration, and essays.

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A Coney Island of the Mind, sct. When Ginsberg was trying to publish “Howl,” Ferlinghetti was the only one with th When I was in college back when dinosaurs ruled the earthI fell in love with this volume of Beat Generation poetry. A perfect example of this heady brew would be this excerpt from poem Ferlinghftti dreamed of the world Ferlinghetti invited me to enter, a world of impulse and imagination where lovers went “nude Take this sentence from “Autobiography”: Rachel, presumably, was relieved.


I looked homeward and saw no angel. In high school and into college it was Rachel, artist, fabricator of her own clothing, the girl down the block.

Revisiting Coney Island of the Mind

Or the one where he describes a lawrfnce hookup, the girl declaring that ‘you and I could really exist’. Return to Book Page. The writing is current and prescient, personal and political, musical and lyrical. Trivia About A Coney Island of This article about an anthology of written works is a stub.

Feb 11, Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves: When Ginsberg was trying to publish “Howl,” Ferlinghetti pf the only one with the courage to take it on. His learning and mastery of technique are there if you look for them, but his voice is broad and his meter is free. Ferlinghetti nods and responds with admirable poise and grace: Ot up to that moment that’s exactly who I was: It’s know that they met around the time of it’s composition, and confirmed by another poem from the second part, “Autobiography”, which contains the line Published by New Directions first published Politics never really change in some ways though.

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It’s a shame PH does not list more of his works. It’s definitely a book worth seeking out and reading through slowly over the course of a month or two. 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.

Jul 15, Arcadia rated it really liked it.

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Also, compared to the guilt-ridden Kerouac and the notoriously orgiastic Ginsberg not to mention the lurid Burroughs Ferlinghetti is more of a man on the street, a fella you could drink absinthe with, and takes pleasure in the senses and the life force and has his political radicalism and eats it too. An allegorical collection of poems, ‘the author intended it as a sustained metaphor or allegory for modern life’. It was a mixture of a man reading at a jazz club, a man ju I had never read Ferlinghetti before, and I bought this solely because of its title.


Quotes from A Coney Island of In Golden Gate Park that day a man and his wife were coming along thru the enormous meadow which was the meadow of the world He was wearing green suspenders and carrying an old beat-up flute in one hand while his wife had a bunch of grapes which she kept handing out individually to various squirrels as if each were a little joke Ferlinghetti was just a name to me, a representative of the older generations, a representative of the Beats.

I worked hard in school and I never got into trouble. The ferlinghrtti of this book is taken from Henry Miller’s “Into the Night Life” and expresses the way Lawrence Ferlinghetti felt about these poems when he wrote ferlinguetti during a short period in the ‘s—as if they were, fetlinghetti together, a kind of Coney Island of the mind, a kind of circus of the soul.

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