In memory of Lawrence Ferlinghetti: The world is a beautiful place   4 comments

When I heard of the death of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, I experienced a rush of thoughts from the past, most filled with memories of conversations my brother Tom would have — poetry, literature, music. There’s a line from a 2005 Los Angeles Times interview I love and have paraphrased many a time before and after he said: “I think the real poetry today is with music. Bob Dylan was a real poet. There’s the poetry of folk singers, bluegrass, and country-western. Rap poets are more alienated from society than the Beat poets ever were and they have a lot to say.” My brother would agree and so too would Frank Hudson. The world is indeed a beautiful place because of Lawrence Ferlinghetti. — kenne

Frank Hudson

Some people live so long as to make time and its boundaried eras seem a foggy measure. Such a man was Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the American poet, painter, and bookstore owner who predates and post-dates the Beat poetry scene — or for that matter the Hippie scene, and our century’s activist eras and its search for peace and justice. If you are a fan of generational short-hand (I’m not) you will notice that every one of those eras was widely denounceable as impractical, delusional, and in most ways inferior to those that came before that.

Perhaps I should remind all that Ferlinghetti was 101 years old, and would have been 102 next month. That means: he knew the Roaring Twenties and whatever we have begun in these Twenties. To any of you XYZ believers, that means he was a member of the Greatest Generation. This man, Ferlinghetti, attached philosophically during the…

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Posted February 24, 2021 by kenneturner in Information

4 responses to “In memory of Lawrence Ferlinghetti: The world is a beautiful place

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  1. When we were young “hippies” he was our poet of choice.

    On Wed, Feb 24, 2021 at 2:30 PM Becoming is Superior to Being wrote:

    > kenneturner posted: “When I heard of the death of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, I > experienced a rush of thoughts from the past, most filled with memories of > conversations my brother Tom would have — poetry, literature, music. > There’s a line from a 2005 Los Angeles Times interview I” >

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  2. Yea, I remember those hippie days, then I became a ‘yuppie.’

    Like

  3. Thanks for the re-blog. As Ferlinghetti had it: “The world is a beautiful place/to be born into/if you don’t mind some people dying/all the time”

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  4. What a giant of a life

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