Lawrence Ferlinghetti Comments (8)

You helped me change my life, I read Poet Of The Streets in Boulder Col. And hit it well people stood up at that coffee shop Penny Lane a few blocks from the Naropa Inst. I was so scared cause the size of the crowd grew because Ann Waldman had a book release up on the hill off Boulder... 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. I wish you the best.
Once I read a poem of his that incuded oatmeal in its thoughts.Hoa can I find this? I am only 83 (Compared with him) .
Not inquiring about poems in the last 14 days, am trying to trace a poem which I beleive was written by him containg the lines Pity the Nation whose people are sheep, and whose shepherds mislead them..etc
Good poet, but never should have announced a reading right after TMI or compared all of us who had been told either nothing or contradictory tales by industry and government to sheep. 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.
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Ferlinghetti is best known for his publishing of 'Howl' by Allen Ginsburg - and for the bitter trial which attempted censoring (and censuring) it. But Ferlinghetti's own poetry, IMO, is on the whole even more interesting, provocative, and engaging than Ginsburg's. It's a shame PH does not list more of his works. I would definitely add to myfavoritepoem list his 'Christ climbed down from his bare tree this year' and 'Dog' - perhaps others that I'm not remembering at the moment. 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. And, of course, his City Lights press was even more influential, publishing and promoting so many ground-breaking volumes; for example, Frank O'Hare's 'Lunch Poems' and many of the San Franciso School of poets.
Dear Micheal, Its like being large and small, soft and hard, smart and oblivious at perfect intervals. Immortality is living at the equator of duality. Its what you are when you stop and forget to analyse. You can do it too. You just have to die a little without dying at all. When cynicism comes, walk beyond and Lawrence will be there waiting.
Dear Lawrence, You won't remember me. But I remember you. Harbour Lights Bookshop, forgot which year. We talked about Coney Island and the mind of America. I remember it so clearly. They tell me you're not around much to check they print your poems correctly. If you've time to write, dropp me a line. What's it like to be immortal? Michael