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Preview — City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology. I poeti della Beat Generation by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology. I poeti della Beat Generation
This comprehensive selection from the influential City Lights Pocket Poets series is a landmark retrospective, celebrating forty years of publishing and cultural history.
From the introduction by Lawrence Ferlinghetti: "Even though some say that an avant-garde in literature no longer exists, the smaller independent publisher is itself still a true avant-garde, its place sti...more
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It's actually the big Beat names that affected me the least- the Ginsberg stuff I already knew and his work probably take ...more
This is a 60 year overview of the poetry published by City Lights, which really was put on the map by its 4th year of poetry - Howl by Allen Ginsburg. This book contains three poems from every annual volume from City Lights, ranging from beat poets to translations, from revolutionaries to activists. If po ...more
Here's typical fare: Julio Cortazar's "A Love Letter"
"The true marvel of the City Light Pocket Poets Anthology is its reappearance in its 60th year. That represents a venerable tradition (and a long run) for an avant-garde that often mutates too quickly for continuity … just as Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems became the best-selling poetry book of a generation, Ferlinghetti’s own A Coney Island of the Mind, with its insouciant bravado and cheer, has passed the million sales mark. That’s a rare occurrence in these United ...more
The poets come from that '50s and '60s mentality and their work is free-flowing, full of sexual imagery and references to death. Reading the works is energizing, especially if one r ...more
Really appreciate the work of City Lights and love Lawrence Ferlinghetti, but covers a vast, vast range.
Cool book to browse to discover new poets, but prefer reading chatbooks with more of a theme and time.
Poetry omnibuses tend to be too much.
One of my favorites in the book is Jack Kerouac's "Hymn" ...http://enothingblog.blogspot.com/2010...
Worthwhile, but found myself browsing a lot of the poems/poets that interested me less.
Poetry is easi ...more
Having said that, it is an anthology and its joys and disappointments are as such- i.e. I really liked the work of some of the poets included, some less so, and a few I even found a little embarrassing. I seem to find myself particularly drawn to Italian poetry. The selections from Antonio Porta's collection, "Kisses From Another Dre ...more
I like reading anthologies when I'm reading them, but I rarely actually go through one cover to cover. I gave the Pocket Poet Anthology my attention because I hadn't read much of this work in a long time. I'm glad I gave many of these poems a read because it shows me how my taste has changed--or not chang ...more
#26 - Ferlinghetti
"The Business of Poetry" - Harold Norse
"A Love Letter" - Julio Cortazar
We are the insulted, brother, the desolate boys.
Sleepwalkers in a dark and terrible land,
"Thoughts leave the pitiless city;/Yet ships themselves are iron and have no pity;/Wile men have hearts and sides that strain and rust."
I'd also recommend Lowry's "The Volcano is Dark" on page 83.
Phillip Lamantia from "Voice of the Earth Mediums"
"We are truly fed up/with mental machines of peace & war/ nuclear monoxide brains ...more
City Lights press was of course the major publisher of the mid-century American poetry arising from the movement known as the "beat generation," including such authors as Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Bob Kaufman, and City Lights publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Beat poetry isn't to everyone's taste, but there's no denying that it was one of the most socially significant and influential literary movements in modern America. This anthology is a sampler: ...more
Read about half of this anniversary poetry collection but ended up not finishing it for a few reasons: a. I was reading an e-galley whose formatting was really odd, which bothers me quite a bit with poetry if I can't tell whether the line breaks were intentional and whether the author's name references the poem above or below it; b. I have trouble with poetry anthologies that collect multiple authors-- too many sudden ...more
progressive intellectuals (maybe, but probably not)
romanticists of railyard bums
smokers of marijuana
people of the glorious Alternative
walkers of nighttime city streets
To put it another way, this comes to mind:
Glance for the moon, see a blue streetlight; smile (grimly or not) at the wad of kleenex and candy wrapper ...more
It certainly shows that the poetry of that time frame had a very specific diction to it. I enjoyed it as a whole. Some pieces were obviously not as good as others, but for an anthology of writers of whom I was mostly unaware, I ...more
every time i open it i find a another poem to love - and it's a sentimental reminder of my visit to City Lights - book lovers' paradise ...
seems i'm not alone in thinking this ...