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Out his highly significant and productive 99 years on this planet The Little Boy of the title is Ferlinghetti himself as a child shuffled from his overburdened mother to his French aunt to foster childhood with a rich Bronxville family Service in World War Two including the D Day landing graduate work and a scholar gypsy's vagabond life in Paris followed These biographical reminiscences are interweaved wit. A centenarian's turbocharged trippin' through the past 100 years A prose poem for and from the ages; autobiography freestyle A hot potato one last time in an old artiste's pocket Rock itWhat a life I loved the trip through the Great Depression WWII living as an artist in Paris in the late 1940s then forward up to a heyday in publishing the biggest of the Beat poets to now then back again The man it should be noted worships the vulva And women; in particular one woman And life If this doth offend thee fleeuite fun if you don't mind whitewaters of consciousness from a fascinating and witty 100 year old Me whenever I get the chance I take the pleasure of listening to an octagenarian and older as heshe waxes on It is always a story worth savoring This was no different


From the famed publisher and poet author of the million copy selling collection A Coney Island of the Mind his literary last will and testament part autobiography part summing up part Beat inflected torrent of language and feeling and all magicalIn this unapologetically unclassifiable work Lawrence Ferlinghetti lets loose an exhilarating rush of language to craft what might be termed a closing statement ab. More than 60 years ago Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote I am anxiously waitingfor the secret of eternal life to be discoveredBy most counts he seems to have discovered itFerlinghetti — the poet the scholar the champion of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” the co founder of City Lights Booksellers Publishers the tireless critic of political ills — turns 100 on March 24He has not mellowed At allIn 2017 Ferlinghetti told The Washington Post “I never wanted to write an autobiography because I don’t like looking back” Evidently he overcame that reluctance but of course the autobiography he’s releasing this month is entirely on his own terms “Little Boy” isn’t really a memoir The publisher calls it “a novel” but it really isn’t that either As his literary ancestor Walt Whitman would say it’s a “barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world”A few months ago Ferlinghetti claimed “The little boy is an imaginary me” but the broad outlines of his real life appear here particularly in the early pages which are the only ones that tell something like a coherent story We learn of his tumultuous childhood His father died before he was born; an aunt whisked him to France and then back to the United States; the aunt’s wealthy employer descended from the founders of Sarah Lawrence College adopted himHe may have lived like “Little Lord Fauntleroy” but “it was a very lonely life for Little Boy” Ferlinghetti writes “with the nearest neighbor out of sight and no children of any age to play with” In a mansion some 20 miles outside New York City his new guardians spoke to one another in courtly tones and dressed in Victorian garb They sent him to a private school and important they possessed a fine library which he was encouraged to useAs the pace of “Little Boy” accelerates chaotically whole years fly by in a phrase or two — from high school to college with a major in journalism and then the Navy where he participated in the Normandy landing and saw Nagasaki just a few weeks after it was destroyed Discharged he earned an MA in literature at Columbia University a PhD at the University of Paris and “emerged as a reasonably miseducated product of high culture and not all so irrelevant as rebels might imagine” And then around Page 15 the wheels bust off this narrative and we’re airborne “Grown Boy came into his own voice and let loose his word hoard pent up within him”What follows for the next 150 pages is a volcanic explosion of personal memories political rants social commentary environmental jeremiads and cultural analysis all tangled together in one breathless sentence that would make James Joyce proudDo I recommend itYes I said yes I will Yes To read the rest of this review go to The Washington Posthttpswwwwashingtonpostcomentert

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H Allen Ginsberg esue high energy bursts of raw emotion rumination reflection reminiscence and prognostication on what we may face as a species on Planet Earth in the future Little Boy is a magical font of literary lore with allusions galore a final repository of hard earned and durable wisdom a compositional high wire act without a net or all that much punctuation and just a gas and an inspiration to read. A Coney Island stream of consciousness meandering of memory and commentary from the poet and co founder of City Lights

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About the Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Allen Ginsberg’s Howl Other Poems in 1956 led to his arrest on obscenity charges and the trial that followed drew national attention to the San Francisco Renaissance and Beat movement writers He was overwhelmingly supported by prestigious literary and academic figures and was acuitted This landmark First Amendment case established a legal precedent for the publication of controversial work with redeeming social importanceFerlinghetti’s paintings have been shown at various galleries around the world from the Butler Museum of American Painting to Il Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome He has been associated with the international Fluxus movement through the Archivio Francesco Conz in Verona He has toured Italy giving poetry readings in Roma Napoli Bologna Firenze Milano Verona Brescia Cagliari Torino Venezia and Sicilia He won the Premio Taormino in 1973 and since then has been awarded the Premio Camaiore the Premio Flaiano the Premio Cavour among others He is published in Italy by Oscar Mondadori City Lights Italia and Minimum Fax He was instrumental in arranging extensive poetry tours in Italy produced by City Lights Italia in Firenze He has translated from the Italian Pier Paolo Pasolin’s Poemi Romani which is published by City Lights Books In San Francisco his work can regularly be seen at the George Krevsky Gallery at 77 Geary StreetFerlinghetti’s A Coney Island of the Mind continues to be the most popular poetry book in the US It has been translated into nine languages and there are nearly 1000000 copies in print The author of poetry plays fiction art criticism and essays he has a dozen books currently in print in the US and his work has been translated in many countries and in many languages His most recent books are A Far Rockaway of the Heart 1997 How to Paint Sunlight 2001 and Americus Book I 2004 published by New DirectionsHe has been the recipient of numerous prizes including the Los Angeles Times’ Robert Kirsch Award the BABRA Award for Lifetime Achievement the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Award for Contribution to American Arts and Letters the American Civil Liberties Union’s Earl Warren Civil Liberties Award Ferlinghetti was named San Francisco’s Poet Laureate in August 1998

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