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Lawrence Ferlinghetti
March 24, 1919 -
Nationality: American
Category: Poet
Subcategory: American Poet

Constantly risking absurdity and death whenever he performs above the heads of his audience, the poet, like an acrobat, climbs on rhyme to a high wire of his own making.


Southern California, where the American Dream came too true.


It's much easier to consume the visual image than to read something.


No, I didn't become disenchanted. I just couldn't paint like them.


The real literary editors have mostly been fired. Those that remain are all "bottom line" editors; everything depends on the money.


And the Blue Angels are coming back to scare the local population. I remember seeing old Vietnamese women ducking under the benches in Washington Square; they thought they were back in the war.


We have to raise the consciousness; the only way poets can change the world is to raise the consciousness of the general populace.


They were looking for a stable, but we didn't have one. In fact, we weren't very stable ourselves.


I am waiting for them to prove that God is really American.


The paintings may communicate even better because people are lazy and they can look at a painting with less effort than they can read a poem.


Don't patronize the chain bookstores. Every time I see some author scheduled to read and sign his books at a chain bookstore, I feel like telling him he's stabbing the independent bookstores in the back.


We were just a one-room bookstore; we didn't have any money for lawyers.


I'd ban all automobiles from the central part of the city. You see, the automobile was just a passing fad. It's got to go. It's got to go a long way from here.


Anyone who saw Nagasaki would suddenly realize that they'd been kept in the dark by the United States government as to what atomic bombs can do.


Freedom of speech is always under attack by Fascist mentality, which exists in all parts of the world, unfortunately.


These are international criminals, and the spineless Democrats are doing nothing about it.


Well, I didn't know how to draw very well back then, in the '40s and '50s.


It's the story of an American who wants to become a dictator and goes to Europe with a sidekick to interview various Fascists to find out how the Nazis and Mussolini got into power.


The future of publishing lies with the small and medium-sized presses, because the big publishers in New York are all part of huge conglomerates.


I think if there's a great depression there might be some hope.


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