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APRIL 9, 2017
with host TIM CARPENTER
Legendary poet, Beat Generation publisher, political activist, and co-owner of City Lights, one of the most celebrated independent book stores in America, LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI celebrated his 98th birthday on March 24th. Tim Carpenter talked to him in this interview recorded in 2012. Read more about our national treasure, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, here.
A Coney Island of the Mind, a modern classic, was Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s landmark second volume of poetry, and probably his most beloved. It contains some of Ferlinghetti’s most famous poems, such as “I Am Waiting” and “Junkman’s Obbligato”, which were created for jazz accompaniment. There are approximately a million copies in print, and the book has been translated into over a dozen languages. “The title is taken from Henry Miller’s Into the Night Life. In it, Ferlinghetti expresses the way he felt during a short period in the 1950s. Taken together, his thoughts form a kind of Coney Island of the mind, a kind of circus of the soul.”