At last, a compact, powerful overview of one of Americas most beloved and radical poetsspanning more than six decades of work
Just in time for his 98th birthday, New Directions is proud to present a swift, terrific chronological selection of Lawrence Ferlinghettis greatest poems. Through this tight lens, it is now possible to see Ferlinghettia brilliant and prolific poetin a richer, broader, and more complex way. From his very first landmark booksPictures of the Gone World (City Lights, 1955) and A Coney Island of the Mind (New Directions, 1958)to new work, Ferlinghettis Greatest Poems displays every stage of this multifaceted writers long and celebrated career. Its exciting to revisit in one slender volume so much of the splendid, playful, and trenchant work of one of Americas greatest and most popular poets.