Culture & Criticism From the Far Distant Realms
On March 24th, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti turns 100 years old. Ferlinghetti’s life includes a vast compendium of accomplishments, none greater or more profound than his founding of the famed City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco’s North Beach in 1953. See my 2013 column on the store’s 60th anniversary here.
In turn, the following pair of poems serve to celebrate Ferlinghetti’s place as elder-statesman of the Beat Generation, celebrating the way he came to inspire throngs of artists throughout the world: At all times imploring us to keep fighting against the forces that oppress free expression.
(On Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s 100th Birthday)
A poem once
In San Francisco
Peter & Paul
The sacred breaths
Talk to me
In silent rhymes
As a hymn