A Coney Island of the Mind

A Coney Island of the Mind

Book - 2008
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Ferlinghetti is a national treasure, and his voice has become part of our collective conscience. Some of his most famous poems from this collection such as "I Am Waiting" and "Junkman's Obbligato" were created for jazz accompaniment. Written in the conservative post-war 1950s, his poems still resonate, as they will continue to resonate, with a joyful anti-establishment fervor that beats a rhythmic portrait of humanity. Ferlinghetti sings of a world in which "the heart flops over / gasping 'Love'," "cadillacs fell thru the trees like rain," and where "we are the same people / only further from home / on freeways fifty lanes wide."

This special 50th Anniversary Edition comes with a newly recorded CD of the author reading the 29 poems of the title section ofA Coney Island of the Mind as well as selections fromPictures of the Gone World.
Publisher: New York : New Directions, 2008
Edition: 50th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9780811217477
Characteristics: 94 p. ; 22 cm. + 1 sound disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)


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May 10, 2016

This book is way way out and very cool. The first time I read it it blew my mind and once a mind is blown it can't be unblown. Which is as good a reason as any to read it again and again. It also comes with a CD of Lawrence reading the poems. Now that's way cool.


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