Topic: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Poems: “I Am Waiting”, “The Changing Light”, “Natural History”
Recorded: March 6, 2021
This week Poetry Club Talks about the late Lawrence Ferlinghetti. We take a look at a few of his signature poems, discuss tone and form. Ron is the host. He shares these thoughts, “The attachments provide 8 poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, including his best known and most admired, “constantly risking absurdity,” which I think are representative of his work and will offer a good basis for our discussion.”
“Lawrence Monsanto Ferlinghetti (March 24, 1919 – February 22, 2021) was an American poet, painter, social activist, and the co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. He was the author of poetry, translations, fiction, theatre, art criticism, and film narration. Ferlinghetti was best known for his first collection of poems, A Coney Island of the Mind (1958), which has been translated into nine languages, with sales of more than one million copies. When Ferlinghetti turned 100 in March 2019, the city of San Francisco proclaimed his birthday, March 24, “Lawrence Ferlinghetti Day”.” -Wikipedia
Please visit Ferlinghetti’s website to read his full BIO and learn more about this important poet.