Wild Dreams of a New Beginning: Including Landscapes of Living and Dying and Who Are We Now?

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Wild Dreams of a New Beginning brings together two acclaimed poetry volumes by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, one of our "ageless radicals and true bards" (Booklist). Who Are We Now? (1976), the first half of Wild Dreams, takes a long poetic look at the cultural fallout of a more radical time. This probing of the changes in the American psyche through the 1970s is carried forward in the second part, Landscapes of Living & Dying (1979) - a work originally hailed by Library Journal as "Ferlinghetti's strongest work ...
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Overview

Wild Dreams of a New Beginning brings together two acclaimed poetry volumes by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, one of our "ageless radicals and true bards" (Booklist). Who Are We Now? (1976), the first half of Wild Dreams, takes a long poetic look at the cultural fallout of a more radical time. This probing of the changes in the American psyche through the 1970s is carried forward in the second part, Landscapes of Living & Dying (1979) - a work originally hailed by Library Journal as "Ferlinghetti's strongest work since his 1957 A Coney Island of the Mind... [He] pursues his disheveled muse with the innocent passion of a young beatnik, hiding his authentic erudition behind a comfortable guise of spontaneous composition."

Two acclaimed poetry volumes, Who Are We Now? 1976 and Landscapes of Living and Dying 1979, are brought together.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811210751
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/28/1988
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 969,625
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Who Are We Now?
The Jack of Hearts 1
Director of Alienation 6
Wild Dreams of a New Beginning 10
Lost Parents 12
People Getting Divorced 14
Short Story on a Painting of Gustav Klimt 15
The 'Moving Waters' of Gustav Klimt 17
I Am You 19
At the Bodega 21
Snapshot Epiphany 22
Overheard Conversations 24
The Heavy 32
Great American Waterfront Poem 34
Highway Patrol 37
Seascape with Sun & Eagle 39
Dissidents, Big Sur 40
Alienation: Two Bees 42
A Vast Confusion 44
Olbers' Paradox 45
Upon Reflection 46
Matinal 47
Deep Chess 48
The Recurrent Dream 50
A River Still to be Found 51
Monet's Lilies Shuddering 53
Insurgent Mexico 54
A Meeting of Eyes in Mexico 55
The General Song of Humanity 57
Eight People on a Golf Course and One Bird of Freedom Flying Over 59
Populist Manifesto 61
Landscapes of Living & Dying
The Old Italians Dying 67
The Sea and Ourselves at Cape Ann 71
The Majesty 74
The Pied Piper of Iron Mountain 76
A Nation of Sheep 79
The Love Nut 82
Holiday Inn Blues 84
Cloning at the 'Hawk & Dove' 87
The End of Various Affairs 89
A Sweet Flying Dream 90
Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes 92
The Billboard Painters 94
Home Home Home 97
San Jose Symphony Reception 101
White on White 102
An Elegy to Dispel Gloom 105
Adieu a Charlot 107
Look Homeward, Jack 112
From 'Northwest Ecolog'
The Old Sailors 114
Wild Life Cameo, Early Morn 115
Clamshell Alliance 116
Reading Apollinaire by the Rogue River 118
Rough Song of Animals Dying 120
Horses at Dawn 123
Bibliographical Notes & Credits 125
Index of Titles and First Lines 127
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