Rapture? Pshaw… How About A ‘Rebirth Of Wonder’ Instead?

As is so often the case, Ferlinghetti supplies us just what we need.

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  • MandT  On Saturday May 21, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Well done Steve!

    • Steve  On Saturday May 21, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      MandT – thanks. On top of everything else, Ferlinghetti also paints! Sorry I don’t have a link to his works; I have a plate-book of a few of them.

  • Kay Dennison  On Saturday May 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I love Ferlinghetti — he says everything so well and his insights are timeless.

    Thanks!

    • Steve  On Saturday May 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm

      Kay – me too. Did you know he’s still alive? He is an ongoing inspiration to me.

  • Kay Dennison  On Saturday May 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Yes, I knew he was alive! I discovered him in jr. high when a teacher called him a ‘beatnik’ and I begged my mom to take me to the book store where I spent my meager allowance on “A Coney Island of the Mind” He is amazing!!!! The best compliment I had on my poetry was that I had read too much Ferlinghetti and T.S. Eliot (another fav/influence). I cherished the ‘B’ he gave me. LOL

  • Kay Dennison  On Saturday May 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    @mandt: I want that book!

    • Steve  On Saturday May 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm

      Kay, I think you meant to address that to me. I can’t find my plate-book right at the moment, but I can point you to Ferlinghetti’s books at City Lights, which was in a very real sense his bookstore. He is, precisely, a beatnik, in the original sense (“beat” = “beatific”), and theirs was a radical movement I would rejoice to see revived. Ginsberg, Kerouac, William Burroughs, all of them gone now… except Ferlinghetti.

  • Kay Dennison  On Saturday May 21, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Sorry! I know he was a beatnik as were many others of that part of the 50s. And yeah, I read all that stuff and contend that Ferlinghetti was the best.

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