About Lawrence FerlinghettiLawrence Ferlinghetti is a great contemporary american poet and artist. He has published many books of poetry, translations, fiction, theatre, art criticism, and film narration, he is best known for A Coney Island of the Mind (1958), a collection of poems that has been translated into nine languages, with sales of more than one million copies. Ferlinghetti’s own writing is very unlike that of the original New York Beat circle, he had important associations with the Beat writers, who made City Lights Bookstore their headquarters when they were in San Francisco. He often has claimed that he was not a Beat, but a bohemian of an earlier generation. Listed below is a selection of his most famous poems published by Allen Ginsberg.
Ferlinghetti’s poetry is grounded in lyric and narrative traditions. Among his themes are the beauty of natural world, the tragicomic life of the common human, the plight of the individual in mass society, and the dream and betrayal of democracy.