Poetry as Insurgent Art

Poetry as Insurgent Art

Book - 2007
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In 1953 Lawrence Ferlinghetti founded the first paperback bookstore in the United States. In over five decades City Lights, the bookstore and publisher, has become a Mecca for millions. Ferlinghetti's A Coney Island of the Mind (ND, 1958) is a number one best-selling volume of poetry by any living American poet. Now, New Directions is proud to publish his manifesto in a paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : New Directions, 2007.
ISBN: 9780811217194
0811217191
Branch Call Number: 811.54 FERLINGH
Characteristics: 90 pages ; 16 cm.

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JCLEmmaF Oct 06, 2017

while i'm pretty much not on board with the "poetry will save the world" mentality for many reasons (not that i do not wholeheartedly believe in its power and importance), i do still love and appreciate this book, finding myself scrawling out lines into my notebooks. i think there are very very few poets who really live into this manifesto, and so so many that believe they do. and that's a bit dangerous. this book has the ability of inspiring some writers to create meaningful, important work; but for others it has the ability to emphasize the arrogance, privilege, and pretentious entitlement while allowing them to view it as passive "activism" and capital p Poetry. but that is just the world of english majors and poets.

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