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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Revisiting Coney Island of the Mind

In my opinion, what that says is that although some of the slanguage and cultural references may be a bit dated, these poems still resonate with people, me included.

I was loaned a copy of Ferlinghetti’s poems on that porch one fine spring day shortly before graduation. I tried to be the kind of person my parents expected me to be.

I guess you could say we were partners of a sort.

I periodically page through this book and re-read his poems and take pleasure in their imagery and cadence. I think his ‘Coney Island of the Mind’ is one of the dozen or so best and most original collections to be published rhe the US in the 20th century.

A Coney Island of the Mind

Raw sales, though, only tell part of the story. It was published in the mid s, I think, but you could find print copies on Amazon the last time I looked. I think there is more pain from ignorance than from any joy.

This article about an anthology of written works is a stub. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Constantly risking absurdity and death whenever he performs above the heads of his audience the poet like an acrobat climbs on rime to a high wire of his own making pg.

Employing open elastic lines that often seesaw across the page, Ferlinghetti’s thhe is ferlunghetti unique combination of Whitmanesque proclamation and Dionysian celebration, where a deep love for life and art is interlaced with call for the human race to finally begin living up to its potential. Views Read Edit View history. You don’t really know how the woman is feeling until the end, and then you wonder what her life was like in the next decade: Every lawrwnce 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.


Dec 25, Granny rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Apr 09, Dixon rated it it was amazing. Jul 06, Stef rated it it was amazing. But it’s not common in Ferlinghetti’s body of work at least what I’ve readleading me to believe that it was Ginsberg’s influence that inspired this poem.

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Don’t get me wrong, they were great, but I suspected there was more islans there and I was right. 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.

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But the poem that best reflects Ferlinghetti’s influence on Brautigan is Although I generally do not like poetry, this is one book that’s been on my shelf since high school. Perhaps I would enjoy them more if they were accompanied by jazz, as they were intended. A pre 70’s poem.

Feb 19, Leland rated it it was amazing Shelves: Quotes from A Coney Island of May 22, Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it Shelves: One of the greatest influences of my teen years. Apr 17, Jake rated it really liked it Shelves: You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. City Lights published that too. To ferret out all his painting and poetry references in a common library may not have yielded satisfactory results.


There is going to be a poem that resonates with you. In junior high it was Nancy, half a foot taller than me, she of the checked skirts. There’s always the possibility that when one reads something in one’s od yrs’ that it becomes deeply instantiated.

I am waiting for my case to come up and I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder and I am waiting for someone to really discover America and wail and I am waiting for the discovery of a new symbolic western frontier and I am waiting for the American Eagle to really spread its wings and straighten up and fly right and I am waiting for the Age of Anxiety to drop dead and I am waiting for the war to be fought which will make the world safe for anarchy and I am waiting for the final withering away of all governments and I am perpetually awaiting a rebirth of wonder pg.

Is there a book that shook your convictions? I was so scared cause the size of the crowd grew because Ann Waldman had a book release up on the hill off Boulder 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.

This collection is a perfect introduction to his work, his influence, and the poets who influenced his work.

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