How to Paint Sunlight by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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How to Paint Sunlight, a new collection of poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, is graced with a short introduction by the poet in which he says, "All I ever wanted to do was paint light on the walls of life." For more than fifty years Ferlinghetti has been doing just that—illuminating both the everyday and the unusual, all the while keeping true to his original dictum of speaking in a way accessible to everyone. He has been, and remains "one of our ageless radicals and true bards" (Booklist).

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti was born in Yonkers, New York, in 1919. After receiving an A.B. degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a stint in the Navy during World War II, and after working in the mail room at Time Magazine and living in Paris where he received a Doctorat de l'Universite from the Sorbonne, Ferlinghetti eventually settled in San Francisco, where he and Peter D. Martin founded the first all-paperback bookstore in the country, City Lights Books. Besides being named San Francisco's first poet laureate, he has received The Before Columbus Foundation "Lifetime Achievement Award." Most recently he has also been writing a weekly column, Poetry as News, for the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review.
Published April 1, 2001 by New Directions. 128 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Like his late friend, he evokes Whitman (“Across Atlantic / Across Manhattan / Across great Hudson / into the heart of America / My heart is racing now”) and drums up some of the requisite Beat energy and cynicism in poems like “First, the News” (“We fought Chevron’s war / Your heart in a flower ...

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There, a series of three poems dealing with Allen Ginsberg's death takes us from the deflectively wry news of his imminent departure (""Death the dark lover/ is going down on him"") to a bedside visitation by the poet's released spirit and beyond: ""Allen died 49 nights ago, and in Bixby Canyon n...

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