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Ferlinghetti s Greatest Poems

Author : Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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Just in time for his 98th birthday, New Directions is proud to present a swift, terrific chronological selection of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's greatest poems. Through this tight lens, it is now possible to see Ferlinghetti--a brilliant and prolific poet--in a richer, broader, and more complex way. From his very first landmark books--Pictures of the Gone World (City Lights, 1955) and A Coney Island of the Mind (New Directions, 1958)--to new work, Ferlinghetti's Greatest Poems displays every stage of this multifaceted writer's long and celebrated career. It's exciting to revisit in one slender volume so much of the splendid, playful, and trenchant work of one of America's greatest and most popular poets.

San Francisco Poems

Author : Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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Poems about the City by the Bay by its first official Poet Laureate.

Poetry as Insurgent Art

Author : Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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In 1953 Lawrence Ferlinghetti founded the first paperback bookstore in the United States. In over five decades City Lights, the bookstore and publisher, has become a Mecca for millions. Ferlinghetti's A Coney Island of the Mind (ND, 1958) is a number one best-selling volume of poetry by any living American poet. Now, New Directions is proud to publish his manifesto in a paperback edition.

A Far Rockaway of the Heart

Author : Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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Poems look at the past, family life, change, social history, art, and the inner life

A Coney Island of the Mind

Author : Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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Includes 29 poems revolving around the title, selections written for oral readings with jazz accompaniment, and 13 previously published poems

How to Paint Sunlight

Author : Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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This new collection of poems by Ferlinghetti is graced with a short introduction by the poet. For more than 50 years Ferlinghetti has been illuminating both the everyday and the unusual, all the while keeping true to his original dictum of speaking in a way accessible to everyone.

Starting from San Francisco

Author : Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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A collection of poems resulting from Ferlinghetti's travels in South America and Europe

These are My Rivers

Author : Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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Ferlinghetti has been telling the truth in poems for more than four decades, and every indication is that he will continue to be heard when all the pretenders have turned to witless stone. Certainly the more than 50 pages of new work included here with his own selections of earlier work continue to maintain the faith. Published by New Directions, 80 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10011. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Pluriverse

Author : Ernesto Cardenal
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The most comprehensive selection of poems in English by Latin America's legendary poet-activist, Ernesto Cardenal. "Pluriverse: New and Selected Poems" charts the life-work of the celebrated poet Ernesto Cardenal--"one of the world's major poets" ("Choice") and "the preeminent poet of Central America today" ("Library Journal"). Follow Cardenal's poetic development across six decades, from the early exteriorismo poems and romantic epigrams of the early 1950s, to the increasingly spiritual and political verse he wrote as priest and activist (including his classic revolutionary documentary poem "Zero Hour"), to the shorter victory and ecology poems, and elegies to fallen Sandinistas, and on to the cosmic-mystical-scientific dimensions of his later work. "Here they are--" editor Jonathan Cohen writes in his Introduction, "to gladden your heart and enrich your soul."

European Poems Transitions

Author : Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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The Secret Meaning of Things

Author : Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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Six long poems in which Ferlinghetti reflects on American events of the late sixties and a winter journey across Russia

When I Look at Pictures

Author : Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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Paintings by such artists as Renoir, Goya, Monet, and Klimt are accompanied by poems evoking their visual stories

Landscapes of Living Dying

Author : Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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Ferlinghetti's biting view of contemporary American life and culture is reflected in poems including An Elegy to Dispel Gloom, Holiday Inn Blues, Cloning at the "Hawk & Dove," and Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes

City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology

Author : Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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"Printer's ink is the greatest explosive."?Lawrence Ferlinghetti Lawrence Ferlinghetti founded the City Lights publishing house sixty years ago in 1955, launching the press with his now legendary Pocket Poets Series. First in the series was Pictures of the Gone World?the only book of his own poems that Ferlinghetti would ever publish at City Lights. Within a year, he had brought out two more volumes, translations by Kenneth Rexroth and then poems by Kenneth Patchen. But it was the success and scandal of number four, Howl & Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg (1956), that put City Lights on the map, positioning the Pocket Poets Series at the forefront of the literary counterculture. A landmark sixtieth anniversary retrospective, this edition is a must-have collection, an invaluable distillation of the energetic, iconoclastic, and still fresh body of work represented in the ongoing series. Ferlinghetti has selected three poems from each of the sixty volumes, including the work of Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Andrei Voznesensky, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Julio Cortázar, Frank O'Hara, Marie Ponsot, Denise Levertov, Diane di Prima, Robert Duncan, Phillip Lamantia, Malcolm Lowry, and many more of the Pocket Poets Series innovative, influential, and often groundbreaking American and international poets. Ferlinghetti provides a fresh introduction that looks back at the inspiration for the series, why certain poets were included, and who were the ones that got away. His behind-the-scenes, personal anecdotes provide priceless insights that shed new light on his vision and his editorial practices at a time when the Pocket Poets Series was shaping the contours of poetry's avant-garde.

Pictures of the Gone World

Author : Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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The volume that launched City Lights' iconic Pocket Poets Series, Lawrence Ferlinghetti's first collection of poems, in an anniversary edition.

The Poetry Lesson

Author : Andrei Codrescu
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"Intro to Poetry Writing is always like this: a long labor, a breech birth, or, obversely, mining in the dark. You take healthy young Americans used to sunshine (aided sometimes by Xanax and Adderall), you blindfold them and lead them by the hand into a labyrinth made from bones. Then you tell them their assignment: 'Find the Grail. You have a New York minute to get it.'"--The Poetry Lesson The Poetry Lesson is a hilarious account of the first day of a creative writing course taught by a "typical fin-de-siècle salaried beatnik"--one with an antic imagination, an outsized personality and libido, and an endless store of entertaining literary anecdotes, reliable or otherwise. Neither a novel nor a memoir but mimicking aspects of each, The Poetry Lesson is pure Andrei Codrescu: irreverent, unconventional, brilliant, and always funny. Codrescu takes readers into the strange classroom and even stranger mind of a poet and English professor on the eve of retirement as he begins to teach his final semester of Intro to Poetry Writing. As he introduces his students to THE TOOLS OF POETRY (a list that includes a goatskin dream notebook, hypnosis, and cable TV) and THE TEN MUSES OF POETRY (mishearing, misunderstanding, mistranslating . . . ), and assigns each of them a tutelary "Ghost-Companion" poet, the teacher recalls wild tales from his coming of age as a poet in the 1960s and 1970s, even as he speculates about the lives and poetic and sexual potential of his twenty-first-century students. From arguing that Allen Ginsberg wasn't actually gay to telling about the time William Burroughs's funeral procession stopped at McDonald's, The Poetry Lesson is a thoroughly entertaining portrait of an inimitable poet, teacher, and storyteller.

Routines

Author : Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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Routines, first published by New Directions in 1964 and going through four printings, is now reissued with the addition of three more of Ferlinghetti's very short experimental plays.

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Americus

Author : Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti lights out for the territories with Book I of his own born-in-the-U.S.A. epic, Americus. Describing Americus as "part documentary, part public pillow-talk, part personal epica descant, a canto unsung, a banal history, a true fiction, lyric and political," Ferlinghetti combines "universal texts, snatches of song, words or phrases, murmuring of love or hate, from Lotte Lenya to the latest soul singer, sayings and shibboleths from Yogi Berra to the National Anthem, the Gettysburg Address or the Ginsberg Address, that haunt our nocturnal imagination." This book is a wake-up call that breaks new ground in the grand tradition of Whitman, W.C. Williams, Charles Olson, and Ezra Pound, as Ferlinghetti cruises our literary and political landscapes, past and present, to create an autobiography of American consciousness.

Lunch Poems

Author : Frank O'Hara
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50th anniversary hardcover gift edition of the groundbreaking poetry collection by the leader of the "New York School" of poetry.