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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Ferlinghetti was not merely a poet. Yeah, I still have my “ancient” copy of this book from the ‘s! I think his ‘Coney Island of the Mind’ is one of the dozen or so best and most original collections to be published in the US in the 20th century.

Also the lack of pretentiousness and lyrical frankness is charming and nourishing. Ferlinghetti nods and responds with admirable poise and grace: To ask other readers questions about A Coney Island of the Mindplease sign up. And up to that moment that’s exactly who I was: He was instrumental in arranging extensive poetry tours in Italy produced by City Lights Italia in Firenze.

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Life in my cony was always tense and sulky, and, now and then, explosive. Here’s a small section from “I am Waiting” that seems like a good place to end this review: Published by New Directions first published This is one of the best-selling poetry books of all time, and, although that is no guarantee of poetic excellence—after all, Rod McKuen and Martin Farquar Tupper both sold a lot of books in their day—it is a sign that the author had his finger on the pulse of his time, that his work embodies the gerlinghetti and anxiety of a particular age.

The first, “I Am Waiting”, shows evidence of Ginsberg’s influence There are approximately a million copies in print of A Coney Islandand the book has been translated into over a dozen languages.


It’s definitely a book worth seeking out and reading through slowly over the course of a month or two. But from then on, I was inwardly transformed. I read the American Boy Magazine and became a boy scout in the suburbs. Take this sentence from “Autobiography”: Martin, he founded City Lights Bookstore, the first all-paperbound bookshop in the country, and by he had launched the City Lights publishing house.

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Sure there were other poems, some by arguably better poets—the lyric and ironic Byronisms of Corso, the Shelleyan ecstasies of McClure, the prophetic lamentations of Ginsberg, the zen eclogues of Snyder—but none of the others embodied so perfectly their vision of their world: View all 3 comments. In Golden Gate Park that day a man and his wife were coming along thru the enormous meadow which was the meadow of the world He was wearing green suspenders and carrying an old beat-up flute in one hand while his wife had a bunch of grapes which she kept handing out individually to various squirrels as if each were a little joke I guess you could say we were partners of a sort.

I have not been out to the Cloisters in a long time nor to the Tuileries but I still keep thinking of going.

In looking at the book page for this book, I am struck by how many people chose to include one of Ferlinghetti’s poems. This all comes back, incidentally, because I’m at the home of one of these old friends, the old, familial home in Park Ridge.

I chopped trees for the CCC and sat on them. I too have ridden boxcars boxcars boxcars. Jul 06, Stef rated it it was amazing. While there is a kernel of truth to this, Coney Island of the Mind contains few of these flaws. Feb 10, Matthew Gallant rated it really liked it. If only this were the case more often!

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. Or the one where he describes a drunken hookup, the girl declaring that ‘you and I could really exist’. I dreamed of the world Ferlinghetti invited me to enter, a world of impulse and imagination where lovers went “nude 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.


I looked homeward and saw no angel. Dec 09, Mick rated it it was amazing. I still can hear the paper thump on lost porches.

I had a baseball mit and an American Flyer bike. Sometimes, like ee cummings, Ferlinghetti seems to be constructing something on the page that makes sense only to him, but occasionally he hits on a structure that perfectly enhances the meaning of a poem. View all 7 comments.

Book Review: ‘A Coney Island of the Mind,’ By Lawrence Ferlinghetti : NPR

Loading comments… Trouble loading? But reading Ferlinghetti, I encountered a breathtaking rejection of the values I grew up with. Here’s a moment-in-time favorite. Lists with This Book.

I Found My Inner Beat Poet On ‘Coney Island’

Though imbued with the commonplace, his poetry cannot be simply described as polemic or personal protest, for it stands on his craftsmanship, thematics, and grounding in tradition.

This collection is a perfect introduction to his work, his influence, and the poets who influenced his work. Ferlinghetti was the beginning for me. I am only 83 Compared with him.

I have heard the Gettysburg Address and the Ginsberg Address. 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.

I landed in Normandy in a rowboat that turned over. Paperback93 pages.