Lawrence Ferlinghetti


Born
in Yonkers, New York, The United States
March 24, 1919

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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, Ferlinghettis poetry countered the literary elite's definition of art and the artist's role in the world. 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.

Ferlinghetti was born in Yonkers in 1919, son of Carlo Ferlinghetti who was from the province of Brescia and Clemence Albertine Mendes-Monsanto. Following his undergraduate years at the University of North Carolina at
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“If you're too open-minded; your brains will fall out.”
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“I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder”
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“Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.”
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