A Coney Island of the Mind is a collection of poetry by Lawrence Ferlinghetti originally published in It contains some of Ferlinghetti’s most famous poems. A Coney Island of the Mind has ratings and reviews. Bill said: This is one of the best-selling poetry books of all time, and, although that i. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Coney Island of the Mind, Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s landmark second volume of poetry.

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Best Poem of Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

I had never read Ferlinghetti before, and I bought this solely because of its title. It was published in the mid s, I think, but you could find print copies on Amazon the last time I looked.

A Coney Island of the Mind by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

With roughly a million copies in print, few poetry collections come anywhere close to matching its readership. The group was never very large as it normally only included those of us who would walk home together when classes were done.

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. Weirdly, that middle section houses a lot of my favorites, like “Junkman’s Obbligato,” “Autobiography,” and “Dog. I bought my copy of this book at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, sat, thw read it from cover to cover.


Titleless poems that bounced around, colorful and chiming. Alan Shapiro was nominated for the National Book Awards. I am only 83 Compared with him.

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I periodically page through this book and re-read his poems and take pleasure in th Lawrence Ferlinghetti might be one of the lesser known Beats, which is unfortunate. May 27, Maureen rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Jan 14, Faith-Anne rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Lists with This Book.

I rarely, or never, hear my poet friends mention Ferlinghetti. Also, compared to the guilt-ridden Kerouac and the notoriously orgiastic Ginsberg not to mention the lurid Od Ferlinghetti is more of a man on the street, a fella you could drink absinthe with, and takes pleasure in the senses and the life force and has his political radicalism and eats it too.

But reading Ferlinghetti, I encountered a breathtaking rejection feelinghetti the values I grew up with.

His use of structure is very note-worthy. Inin a bookstore in Brookline, M. While there is a kernel of truth to this, Coney Island of the Mind contains few of these flaws. I lived a secret life in the poetry I went on to te — and in the poems I began to write.


A Coney Island of the Mind

I never really expected it would be. View all 7 comments. Paperback93 pages. I landed in Normandy in a rowboat that turned over. Open Preview See a Problem? First edition and current cover. Politics never really change in some ways though. Additionally, when he writes that he would “paint” a different Paradiso, there’s definitely a literal element to his statement, for Ferlinghetti’s work is also informed in a large way by his love of painting and his knowledge of Western masters as diverse as Goya, Chagall, and the abstract expressionists.

Is there a book that shook your convictions?

Revisiting Coney Island of the Mind

Retrieved from ” https: Again, this holds some weight. Though imbued with the commonplace, his poetry canno A prominent voice of the wide-open poetry movement that began in the s, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has written poetry, translation, fiction, theater, art criticism, film narration, and essays.

Some primo pieces of work evocative of the psychology of the latter 50s to early 60s, with the Cold War and the onset of the hippie movement.

A pre 70’s poem.

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