Lawrence Ferlinghetti, ed. City Lights Journal #4
Ferlinghetti, Free Spirits: Annals of the Insurgent Imagination
Thursday 28 May 2018
Cami gave me three Fabriano notebooks, and I had an itch to start in one of the smaller ones, but what’s it gonna be?—Start Anywhere, so I just wrote a page on the topic “Ferlinghetti,” and over the past week kept going, on that precise, expansive theme.
So, I skim CLJ4, which I must have bought back in the 1980s someplace (it came out in ’78, maybe Hawley-Cooke). And I read it back then, and marked it up, so here’s what I took/take away—
Ferlinghetti’s Adieu a Charlot, which is included in The Populist Manifesto
Robert Borden’s Vietnam poems, Meat Dreams
Antler—this is where I first encountered him, back in mid-80s (the days and nights of Molly McCaffery, Reagan, Central America), see his Selected Poems for Tyranny of Images, Metaphor, Applause, and The Bewilderment of Laughter. Start mailing Antler poems to people!
Allen Ginsberg’s Some Different Considerations in Mindful of Open Verse Forms on the Page
Victor Jara’s “We’re Five Thousand Strong” (later, I discovered his “El Derecho de Vivir en Paz”)
General Practice of the Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute