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City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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Mar 29, 2012

it was amazing
Read in March, 2012

I got City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology as a gift and it's been a lot of fun to read. My only complaint is that there is only a small number of women poets included in the selections. Some people may think that Allen Ginsberg is over-represented, but it would be difficult to edit such a book without Ginsberg's work.

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 reads a few poets at a time. Otherwise, the energy of the book becomes overwhelming. Part of this effect may come from the obvious drug influence on several of the pieces.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti edited the anthology and chose wisely. All I can say is if you decide to read the book, enjoy the ride.
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