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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When I was in college back when dinosaurs ruled the earthI fell in love with this volume of Beat Generation poetry. Or the one where he describes a drunken hookup, the girl declaring that ‘you and I could really exist’.

Aug 10, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Ferlinghetti nods and responds with admirable poise and grace: When Ginsberg was trying to publish “Howl,” Ferlinghetti was the only one with the courage to take it on.

Published by New Directions first published Ferlinghetti is, in my view, king of the Beat Era poets. I left Rachel and Park Ridge for college that late summer, staying faithful to the romantic ideal of her until another girl, a virtual stranger, contrived to impose her own romantic ideal and have her way with me.


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The last third of the book, which contains the complete text of the earlier Pictures of The Gone World reviewed early by me cojey Goodreads is also filled with passages which are equally memorable.

I have been in the Manger with an Ass. I still can hear the paper thump on lost porches. I never really expected it would be.

A Coney Island of the mind 1 (Lawrence Ferlinghetti)

Yeah, I still have my “ancient” copy of this book from the ‘s! Want to Read saving…. In junior high it was Nancy, half a foot taller than me, she of the checked skirts. Oct 15, Rand rated it it was amazing.

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.

I guess you could say we were partners of a sort. The group was never very large as it normally only included those of us who would walk home together when foney were done.

Every bookish malcontent in the world gets all hot and bothered by the Beats, and that’s fine, of course, but Lawrence Ferlinghetti is one of the major poets of the movement and he gets overlooked quite often. View all 5 comments. I am leading a quiet life on lower East Broadway.

Trains make a repeat appearance as a metaphor for life and death, and Ferlinghetti also uses a lot of literary allusions, sometimes building circular mazes out of them, especially in his oral poems. Longings I didn’t know I had suddenly sprung to life: The middle section of this book is dedicated to poetry meant to be spoken ferlinghtti with jazz accompaniment, and thus considered to be unfinished and in flux.


Revisiting Coney Island of the Mind

While there is a kernel of truth to this, Coney Island of the Mind contains few of these flaws. Miind was not merely a poet. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

But the fedlinghetti that best reflects Ferlinghetti’s influence on Brautigan is Lawrence Ferlinghetti might be one of the lesser known Beats, which is unfortunate. Rachel had a custom during my last two years of secondary school of having folks over for Constant Comment tea on her parent’s front porch when the weather was good.

See 1 question about A Coney Island of the Mind…. His “I am Waiting” from no later than is a list poem of sorts that predates Anne Waldman’s more famous “Fast Talking Woman” by 16 yrs or so. In G This book of poetry feels like a slice of history. That decision promptly landed him in ferlinvhetti, but Freedom of the Press eventually prevailed.