Un luna park del cuore
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A sequel to A Coney Island of the Mind (written forty years after the original in what the author has called "a poetry seizure" that lasted more than a year), A Far Rockaway of the Heart is a sequence of one hundred and one related poems with recurrent themes. The author also thinks of it as a kind of caustic critique of modern poetry, including confrontations with or paro...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published 2000 by Mondadori (first published 1997)
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B+ I've always loved the title poem because it reminds me of my day. Delicious beat poetry. Great for reading in the bathtub, aloud to your love in between rounds of crunches, or on the subway to escape.
Christina Marie Rau
Lawrence Ferlinghetti's A Coney Island Of The Mind made me become a serious poet. I've written poetry for as long as I could write, but I read that in college and I became a different kind of writer. I wrote with purpose, realizing that I could use words to be someone.

Now, over ten years after first reading that collection, I borrowed A Far Rockaway Of The Heart. I have no reasons for not reading it sooner. I've read a lot of Ferlinghetti's other stuff. I've seen it on the library shelf. Finall...more

One of the pleasures I’ve rediscovered is reading a poem each morning. Many years ago when I took a Teachers as Scholars course in African American literature, I was given Norton’s Anthology of African American Literature. I remember a conversation I had with Judy Steinbergh, our Poet in Residence at Driscoll, regarding the idea of reading a poem a day. For some months I read a poem each morning before work as I ate my breakfast.

Some years later here I am once again returning to this lovely pat...more
Still beautiful, but this is certainly not just more of "A Coney Island of the Mind". Ferlinghetti sounds older and a little less enamored of the world.

For the first half of the book, I kind of struggled. Poems about love are sometimes too personal to feel universal, and these were like that. And poems about artists... too meta-artistic. I wasn't feeling it. Finally, though there were a string of poems about Rome and travels elsewhere in Europe, and these had the wonder and humor I had been wait...more
Rob Lloyd
As much as I enjoyed A Coney Island of the Mind, this trumped it for me. Such beautiful poems, all 101 of them. The way they dance down the page and how they flow so effortlessly from one another amazes me.
the sequel to 'a coney island of the mind' released decades later. a similar tone, running the range of poetry from serious to funny, engaged to intimate. get it..
Marilyn Moreau
Wonderful collection of gems, but I find the positioning of the words on the page distracting from the visions they create.
The wait was worth it for Ferlinghetti's follow-up to Coney Island. One of my favorite poetry books - masterful writing.
98.6% of the time I find poetry intolerable. But I like this. I would recommend it to people allergic to the genre.

This is some of the best poetry I've ever read.
Jay Woodman
One of the outstanding poets for me.
My favorite book of poems.
my favorite book of poems
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A prominent voice of the wide-open poetry movement that began in the 1950s, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has written poetry, translation, fiction, theater, art criticism, film narration, and essays. Often concerned with politics and social issues, Ferlinghetti’s poetry countered the literary elite's definition of art and the artist's role in the world. Though imbued with the commonplace, his poetry canno...more
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