A Far Rockaway of the Heart is Ferlinghetti's sequel to A Coney Island of the Mind, written forty years later, in what the author has called "a poetry seizure" that lasted more than a year.
A sequence of one hundred and one poems with recurrent themes, it includes various sections on love, art, music, history, and literature, as well as confrontations with major figures in the avant-garde before the arrival of the Beat generation. This edition now includes eighteen new poems from Ferlinghetti's "Pictures of the Gone World" which he publishes under his City Lights imprint. A self-styled "stand-up tragedian," Ferlinghetti has been called "the foremost chronicler of our times." If A Coney Island of the Mind was a generations vibrant eye-opener, A Far Rockaway of the Heart is a wake-up call for a new age.
About the Author
In 1953 Lawrence Ferlinghetti cofounded City Lights, the first paperback bookstore in the United States, a Mecca for millions. His Coney Island of the Mind is one of the best-selling volumes of poetry by any living American poet. Born in Yonkers, New York, in 1919, Ferlinghetti has received the Robert Frost Memorial Medal and the first Literarian Award of the National Book Foundation.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Published in 1997, this book is considered a sequel to his 1958 book [A Coney Island of the Mind]. The poems here are about childhood and family. Ferlinghetti's father died before he was born and his mother entered an asylum shortly after that. Ferlinghetti was raised by his Aunt Emily, by strangers and sometimes in an orphanage. The poems in this book were often sad, which I usually like, but.. this was my least favorite of the three Ferlinghetti books that I read.
One of my first introductions into the Beatnik Generation was this incredible written by Ferlinghetti, the most underrated of the Beats. Ferlinghetti has tremendous riffs on poetry, music, art, and man's condition. At times prophetic and absurd, this book holds the best of the Beatnik tradition in its love-hate relationship with that most undefinable human quality-America. Ferlinghetti's swan song to the world.