A Far Rockaway of the Heart by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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"A Far Rockaway of the Heart" is Ferlinghetti's sequel to "A Coney Island of the Mind," written forty years afterwards in what the author has called "a poetry seizure" that lasted more than a year. A sequence of one hundred and one poems with recurrent themes, it includes various sections on love, art, music, history, and literature, as well as confrontations with major figures in the avant-garde before the arrival of the Beat generation. This paperbound edition now includes eighteen new poems from Ferlinghetti's "Pictures of the Gone World" which he publishes under his City Lights imprint. A self-styled "stand-up tragedian," Ferlinghetti has been called "the foremost chronicler of our times." If "A Coney Island of the Mind" was a generations vibrant eye-opener, "A Far Rockaway of the Heart" is a wake-up call for a new age.
 

About Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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The poet, publisher, and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti, born in Yonkers, New York, in 1919, has received the Robert Frost Memorial Medal and the first Literarian Award of the National Book Foundation. He is the subject of Christopher Felver’s new film documentary, Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder.
 
Published January 1, 1997 by Diane Pub Co. 124 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Staggered lines and unfettered associations serve to bypass the cerebral (""It is not the mind that hears it/ but an ear of what we call the soul"") while insisting that poetry maintain its political and social missions as well: ""But I still hear singing/ still the voices of poets/ mixed with th...

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