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Poetry As Insurgent Art [Hardcover]

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions (May 12 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811217191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811217194
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 clichéd: 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 air. (Sept.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lawrence of America Nov. 5 2007
By S. Ihadi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
More bon mots from the old bard of San Francisco. To this day Ferlinghetti gets confused for a Beat poet. He is in fact a Bohemian poet and artist who only published the Beats. In this book his words are few but to the point. You want to keep this in your back pocket at all times. Who knows when you're gonna need some emergency wisdom!? He is one of the best poets alive and the title of Lawrence of America is well-earned for a man who single-handedly changed the literary landscape of this country. Thank you Lawrence! May the lights of all the cities of the world shine upon you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power of Words March 21 2008
By Amy Talent - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Ferlinghetti's little book is full of big inspiration. It is a call to take poetry off the page and live the words. Buy extra copies for your friends and loves, for this is essential reading.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic Wisdom Jan. 7 2008
By Darrell Grizzle - Published on Amazon.com
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This great little book - small enough to carry in one's back pocket, like a New Testament or the Little Red Book of Chairman Mao - is my new Manifesto. "Poetry deconstructs power. Absolute poetry deconstructs absolutely." Happy deconstructing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! Aug. 24 2013
By Let there be good music - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is made of pure inspiration. When I am feeling down and out and uninspired I can pick up this book and read a few pages and it truly gives me a "rebirth of wonder." This great book is like a jolt of life straight to the soul. If you are shopping and having any sort of trepidation about whether or not to buy this book BUY IT! You won't regret it. You will be reading and quoting from this book for the rest of your life. 'Poetry as Insurent Art' is a modern masterpiece. Any time you are feeling drained of inspiration or simply down-and-out and depressed just read a few pages of this book and you'll be cured. It will give you a much needed shot of life. This is one of the few truly great books of poetry. I swear by this book, this masterpiece, this generator of inspiration.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful images and words Dec 4 2012
By Rock - Published on Amazon.com
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Ferlinghetti leads with powerful words and images, calling poets and humans in general to live life fully and engaged. I have used much of this in my writing classes. Good advice, and poetry, for anyone.

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