I am awaiting …

I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder

– Lawrence Ferlinghetti


born in Yonkers, New York, The United States March 24, 1919
gender: male
website: http://www.citylights.com/
genre: Poetry

A prominent voice of the wide-open poetry movement that began in the 1950s, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has written poetry, translation, fiction, theater, art criticism, film narration, and essays. Often concerned with politics and social issues, Ferlinghetti’s poetry countered the literary elite’s definition of art and the artist’s role in the world. Though imbued with the commonplace, his poetry cannot be simply described as polemic or personal protest, for it stands on his craftsmanship, thematics, and grounding in tradition.

Ferlinghetti was born in Yonkers in 1919, son of Carlo Ferlinghetti who was from the province of Brescia and Clemence Albertine Mendes-Monsanto. Following his undergraduate years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he served in the U.S. Navy in World War II as a ship’s commander. He received a Master’s degree from Columbia University in 1947 and a Doctorate de l’Université de Paris (Sorbonne) in 1950. From 1951 to 1953, when he settled in San Francisco, he taught French in an adult education program, painted, and wrote art criticism. In 1953, with Peter D. Martin, he founded City Lights Bookstore, the first all-paperbound bookshop in the country, and by 1955 he had launched the City Lights publishing house.



7 thoughts on “I am awaiting …

  1. March 24, 1919: Happy 94th birthday, Lawrence Ferlinghetti!

  2. Not sure if some of the things I write are real poetry or not. lol But there is some sort of satisfaction about writing something in……….your own style. 🙂

    • Pardon me for butting in but what the heck defines “real poetry” anyway? What you write is poetry to me and moreover enjoyable, fun, entertaining. I can’t say as much for all of Shakespeare that I’ve read. Please tell me I haven’t offended you. 🙂 Paulette

      • LOL No, definitely not offended. I need the Shakespeare for Dummies book.
        I just posted in my other blog………..about it. OH just saw that you read it.
        I hope I didn’t offend any of my poetry writing followers. 😦 Give me simple!!

    • Good discussion, the rules no longer apply, poetry is up to the poet and to the re-awakening of Wonder!
      Cheers, Paulette and Meme! 🙂

  3. “In a Renaissance of wonder”… love that. Happy birthday, indeed. 🙂

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