A Coney Island of the Mind

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by Ferlinghetti, Lawrence | USA
Paperback | 93 pages

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Poems
by Ferlinghetti, Lawrence | USA
Published 01/02/1968 by New Directions Publishing Corporation in the United States
Paperback | 93 pages

The title 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 them during a short period in the 1950’s-as if they were, taken together, a kind of Coney Island of the mind, a kind of circus of the soul.

Ferlinghetti is a national treasure, and his voice has become part of our collective conscience. Some of his most famous poems from this collection such as “I Am Waiting” and “Junkman’s Obbligato” were created for jazz accompaniment. Written in the conservative post-war 1950s, his poems still resonate, as they will continue to resonate, with a joyful anti-establishment fervor that beats a rhythmic portrait of humanity. Ferlinghetti sings of a world in which “the heart flops over / gasping ’Love’,” “cadillacs fell thru the trees like rain,” and where “we are the same people / only further from home / on freeways fifty lanes wide.”

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