Short and inspiring, but rarely surprising, this collection of remarks, aphorisms and exhortations about the nature and purpose of poetry began in the late 1950s, when Ferlinghetti was just coming into his own as a Beat poet and publisher of City Lights Books. After 50 years of revisions and additions, his claims may not strike experienced readers as fresh-and some may even seem clichéd: "The state of the world," his first page declares, "calls out for poetry to save it." On the other hand, Ferlinghetti's very large body of fans (he is one of the bestselling 20th-century American poets) should find reason and justice in these eternal verities, couched in up-to-date lingo: "Poems are e-mails from the unknown beyond cyberspace," for example. Beginning teachers of creative writing should also find Ferlinghetti's instructions of use: "Read between the lines of human discourse." Two groups of aphorisms make up most of the volume, to which Ferlinghetti adds a short essay and two 1970s poems. "Modern Poetry Is Prose" encourages young writers to discover the "dark spirit of earth and blood"; "Populist Manifesto #1" hopes "Whitman's wild children," however pressed down by modernity, will soon "Awake and sing in the open air." (Sept.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Poetry as Insurgent Artby Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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
A manifesto, essay, and discourse on the value of poetic thought in the modern age.
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.
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Meet the Author
The poet, publisher, and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti, born in Yonkers, New York, in 1919, has received the Robert Frost Memorial Medal and the first Literarian Award of the National Book Foundation. He is the subject of Christopher Felver’s new film documentary, Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder.
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This petite collection is wonderful for breaking us out of the everyday. It's so easy to get drowned by the mundane Ferlinghetti knows how to jump start imagination with a well turned sentence. Like western zen kones, these thoughts are good for reflection when there's no time for a leisurely read and stand up to close and studied pondering.
I like this book, because it talks about real poetry,it talks about how does the poetry feels when it comes to live in your imagination, how does it feel when you are writing, when you finish, when you read it to someone or just to your self. It's a real beautiful meaning of poet, and poetry. I also recommended:passion,a novel for the romantic poets.
In 'Poetry as Insurgent Art,' Lawrence Ferlinghetti philosophizes and personifies what poetry is and really what it could develop into. Although it is a short read, its contents speak volumes. Ferlinghetti offers many different insights into the art of making poetry and really honing your craft. He also updates his sentiments with up-to-date new-age lingo to reflect the changing times. In short, it is a thoughtful, powerful and refined piece that is recommended for longtime fans of Ferlinghetti or those that are searching for what poetry means to them.