Wild Dreams of a New Beginning
Two acclaimed poetry volumes, Who Are We Now? (1976) and Landscapes of Livingand Dying (1979), are brought together.
Paperback, 129 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by New Directions Publishing Corporation
(first published November 1st 1988)
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti has been described as one of our 'ageless radicals and true bards'. Before I picked up this collection of his, I took that description with a pinch of salt, being very used to finding highly praised poets to often be disappointing in the reading. However in this case there was no disappointment at all. Ferlinghetti's poetry is well crafted, vivid, passionate and engaged with life. He also has a strong environmental consciousness. Seascape with Sun and Eagle describes an eag...more
Ferlinghetti was one of my favorite poets when i first got into poetry, late high school, early college. looking back on some of his work the literalness of it can seem almost didactic and lacking a certain freedom that would appeal to me or on the other end that sense of focus and intent that makes taut poetry (or prose) more appealing to me. Still, his progressive politics, his sense of organization, his ability to recognize the importance of marketing outsider, marginal or avant-garde work is...more
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...moreMore about Lawrence Ferlinghetti...