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Лоуренс Ферлингетти

Дата рождения: 24. Март 1919

Лоуренс Ферлингетти — американский поэт, художник, книгоиздатель, общественный деятель, представитель бит-поколения. Член попечительского совета международного движения «Живопись и поэзия».


„Поэзия – это обнаженная женщина и обнаженный мужчина и расстояние между ними.“

„If you're too open-minded; your brains will fall out.“


„I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder“

„Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.“ Americus, Book I

„Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations.“

„Poetry is a naked woman, a naked man, and the distance between them.“ Poetry as Insurgent Art

„Pity the nation whose people are sheep,
and whose shepherds mislead them.
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,
and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero
and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.
Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
and no other culture but its own.
Pity the nation whose breath is money
and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.
Pity the nation — oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.
My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.“

„Recipe For Happiness Khaborovsk Or Anyplace'

One grand boulevard with trees
with one grand cafe in sun
with strong black coffee in very small cups.

One not necessarily very beautiful
man or woman who loves you.

One fine day.“


„I feel there is an angel in me' she'd say
'whom I am
constantly shocking“

„Don't bow down to critics who have not themselves written great masterpieces.“ City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology

„I didn’t know that painters and writers retired. They’re like soldiers – they just fade away.“

„We have seen the best minds of our generation destroyed by boredom at poetry readings.“ Wild Dreams of a New Beginning


„It was a face which darkness could kill
in an instant
a face as easily hurt
by laughter or light

'Wedifferently at night'
she told me once
lying back languidly

And she would quote Cocteau

'I feel there is an angel in me' she'd say
'whom I am constantly shocking'

Then she would smile and look away
light a cigarette for me
sigh and rise

and stretch
her sweet anatomy

let fall a stocking“
Pictures of the Gone World

„I once started out
to walk around the world
but ended up in Brooklyn,
that Bridge was too much for me.“
A Coney Island of the Mind

„I am waiting for the war to be fought
which will make the world safe for anarchy“
A Coney Island of the Mind

„The art has to make it on its own, without explanations, and it’s the same for poetry. If the poem or the painting has to be explained, then it’s a failure in communication.“

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