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Poetry as insurgent art

Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Publisher: New York : New Directions, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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After a lifetime, this (r)evolutionary little book is still a work-in-progress, the poet's "ars poetica," to which at 88 he is constantly adding. From the groundbreaking (and bestselling) "A Coney Island of the Mind" in 1958 to the "personal epic" of "Americus, Book I" in 2003, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has, in more than thirty books, been the poetic conscience of America. Now in "Poetry As Insurgent Art," he offers, in
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ferlinghetti, Lawrence.
Poetry as insurgent art.
New York : New Directions, 2007
(OCoLC)608211097
Online version:
Ferlinghetti, Lawrence.
Poetry as insurgent art.
New York : New Directions, 2007
(OCoLC)608500491
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
ISBN: 9780811217194 0811217191
OCLC Number: 104866592
Notes: "A New Directions Book."
Description: 90 pages ; 16 cm
Contents: Poetry as insurgent art --
What is poetry? --
Populist Manifesto #1 (1976) --
Populist Manifesto #2 (1978) --
Modern Poetry is Prose (1978).
Responsibility: Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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After a lifetime, this (r)evolutionary little book is still a work-in-progress, the poet's "ars poetica," to which at 88 he is constantly adding. From the groundbreaking (and bestselling) "A Coney Island of the Mind" in 1958 to the "personal epic" of "Americus, Book I" in 2003, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has, in more than thirty books, been the poetic conscience of America. Now in "Poetry As Insurgent Art," he offers, in prose, his primer of what poetry is, could be, should be. The result is by turns tender and furious, personal and political. If you are a reader of poetry, find out what is missing from the usual fare you are served; if you are a poet, read at your own risk--you will never again look at your role in the same way.

Short and inspiring, but rarely surprising, this collection of remarks, aphorisms and exhortations about the nature and purpose of poetry began in the late 1950s, when Ferlinghetti was just coming into his own as a Beat poet and publisher of City Lights Books. After 50 years of revisions and additions, his claims may not strike experienced readers as fresh-and some may even seem cliched: "The state of the world," his first page declares, "calls out for poetry to save it." On the other hand, Ferlinghetti's very large body of fans (he is one of the bestselling 20th-century American poets) should find reason and justice in these eternal verities, couched in up-to-date lingo: "Poems are e-mails from the unknown beyond cyberspace," for example. Beginning teachers of creative writing should also find Ferlinghetti's instructions of use: "Read between the lines of human discourse." Two groups of aphorisms make up most of the volume, to which Ferlinghetti adds a short essay and two 1970s poems. "Modern Poetry Is Prose" encourages young writers to discover the "dark spirit of earth and blood"; "Populist Manifesto #1" hopes "Whitman's wild children," however pressed down by modernity, will soon "Awake and sing in the open.

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