A Coney Island of the Mind

A Coney Island of the Mind

The title of this book is taken from Henry Miller's "Into the Night Life" and expresses the way Lawrence Ferlinghetti felt about these poems when he wrote them during a short period in the 1950's?as if they were, taken together, a kind of Coney Island of the mind, a kind of circus of the soul....

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Title:A Coney Island of the Mind
Author:Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:A Coney Island of the Mind: Poems
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:93 pages pages

A Coney Island of the Mind Reviews

  • kate
    Apr 05, 2007
    i slipped this from a top shelf of my parents' floor to ceiling bookshelves when i was 12 years old. i lay on the floor and fell head over heels in love with these words. there is an undeniable current within these pages and these poems stay within the recess of your mind. "only the...
  • Matt
    Aug 10, 2008
    A slightly different take of mine about this book: https://thebaffler.com/latest/to-real... Every bookish malcontent in the world gets all hot and bothered by the Beats, and that's fine, of course, but Lawrence Ferlinghetti is one of the major poets of the movement and he gets ove...
  • Bill  Kerwin
    May 22, 2007
    This is one of the best-selling poetry books of all time, and, although that is no guarantee of poetic excellence?after all, Rod McKuen and Martin Farquar Tupper both sold a lot of books in their day?it is a sign that the author had his finger on the pulse of his time, that his w...
  • Punk
    Dec 31, 2008
    Poetry. I like Ferlinghetti for his rhythm, humor, and creative use of white space. Sometimes, like ee cummings, Ferlinghetti seems to be constructing something on the page that makes sense only to him, but occasionally he hits on a structure that perfectly enhances the meaning of a po...
  • Britannie
    Apr 17, 2008
    BY LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI In Golden Gate Park that day a man and his wife were coming along thru the enormous meadow which was the meadow of the world He was wearing green suspenders and carrying an old beat-up flute in one hand while his wife had a bunch of grapes which she ...
  • Elyssa
    Oct 09, 2007
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti might be one of the lesser known Beats, which is unfortunate. Although I generally do not like poetry, this is one book that's been on my shelf since high school. My admiration for Ferlinghetti resulted in visiting his City Lights Bookstore when I was in San Franc...
  • tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
    Nov 12, 2011
    review of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's A Coney Island of the Mind by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - November 12, 2011 Rereading A Coney Island of the Mind for what might be the 1st time in 41 yrs felt like going home again - by wch I mean that it feels like something that I'm very fam...
  • Renee Alberts
    Oct 30, 2007
    my dad gave me his beat-up copy of Coney Island when i was in junior high, and showed me "11" the poem he'd recited for his forensics team when he was in high school. that poetry could be that natural, funny and defiant shocked me, and i've been hooked ever since. this one is up th...
  • Amy
    Feb 11, 2017
    This book of poetry feels like a slice of history. I can feel the influence of the beatniks, slam poetry, the style of E.E. Cummings (and others), and the impending '60s. The writing is current and prescient, personal and political, musical and lyrical. He captures ideas and moments in...
  • Granny
    Dec 25, 2007
    One of the greatest influences of my teen years. Meeting and working with him in 1984 was an experience I'll never forget. Yeah, I still have my "ancient" copy of this book from the 1950's! ...
  • Faith-Anne
    Jan 14, 2008
    This is a perfect book for people interested in exploring the world of poetry. I know quite a few people who got hooked on the genre through this book. ...
  • Leland
    Feb 19, 2009
    Clearly, this is one of the most wonderful and important collections of American poetry yet written. Ferlinghetti is, in my view, king of the Beat Era poets. ...
  • Matthew Gallant
    Feb 10, 2008
    This was my first book of poetry. A gift from my college professor uncle. I read it right away, eager to break away from the school-taught (to this day!) Frost/Poe/Dickinson monotony. Don't get me wrong, they were great, but I suspected there was more out there and I was right. Ferling...
  • Masked
    Feb 19, 2008
    the guy wrote a poem where marc chagall's mom is yelling at him. "but he kept right on painting" i love how sweet ferlinghetti's poems are. i don't think he means them to be. but they are. ...
  • Erik Graff
    Jul 02, 2009
    Throughout much of my youth I bore fealty to a single woman. In junior high it was Nancy, half a foot taller than me, she of the checked skirts. In high school and into college it was Rachel, artist, fabricator of her own clothing, the girl down the block. Nothing came of these relatio...
  • Maureen
    May 27, 2008
    In looking at the book page for this book, I am struck by how many people chose to include one of Ferlinghetti's poems. In my opinion, what that says is that although some of the slanguage and cultural references may be a bit dated, these poems still resonate with people, me included. ...
  • Mick Parsons
    Dec 09, 2008
    Not reading this is UnAmerican. Really. ...
  • Jake
    Apr 17, 2012
    I had never read Ferlinghetti before, and I bought this solely because of its title. Coney Island? OF THE MIND? Well, it had a lot of that quality. Titleless poems that bounced around, colorful and chiming. It was noises and images and an America you?d hope to find out on the east co...
  • Adriana Scarpin
    May 15, 2016
    I am Waiting I am waiting for my case to come up and I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder and I am waiting for someone to really discover America and wail and I am waiting for the discovery of a new symbolic western frontier and I am waiting for the American Eagl...
  • Stef
    Jul 06, 2010
    in honor of one of my favorite beat poets, i will write this review without touching the shift key and, of course, my thumb readily on the space tab a collection of interesting visual poetry don't need to snap your fingers or wear black or have a set of bongos fluid ...
  • aconeyisland
    Nov 14, 2012
    I am leading a quiet life in Mike?s Place every day I hear America singing in the Yellow Pages. I am leading a quiet life in Mike?s Place every day watching the champs of the Dante Billiard Parlor and the French pinball addicts. I am leading a quiet life on l...
  • Cyndi
    Dec 22, 2012
    Surreal, romantic, hopeful and somewhat despairing. Some primo pieces of work evocative of the psychology of the latter 50s to early 60s, with the Cold War and the onset of the hippie movement. ...
  • Jim
    Jul 29, 2012
    Ferlinghetti conducting a symphony of words cooking a recipe of ideas with pop culture and counter culture and subculture and high culture and low culture and Western culture Less writing and more pulling words together finding the pattern pleasing to the i...
  • Mary
    Feb 02, 2015
    In "A Coney Island of the Mind" Ferlinghetti's poetry is totally mind blowing and unbelievably still seems quite current...A masterpiece!! ...
  • Dixon
    Apr 09, 2012
    When I was in college (back when dinosaurs ruled the earth), I fell in love with this volume of Beat Generation poetry. I did some readings of Ferlinghetti on the college speech & debate circuit, and he helped me bring home some trophies. I guess you could say we were partners of a...
  • Rand
    Oct 15, 2012
    I am waiting for the rebirth of wonder she loved to look at flowers I am waiting Johnny Nolan has a patch on his ass The world is a beautiful place it is heavenly weather They were putting up the statue of St. Francis Christ climbed down the Dog at the pennycandystor...
  • mwpm
    Nov 16, 2014
    The collection is divided into three parts: A Coney Island of the Mind; Oral Messages; and Poems from Pictures of the Gone World. In the first and third part, readers are treated to Ferlinghetti's trademark style, with lines that appear to have been told to stand on either side of the ...
  • Mind the Book
    May 19, 2015
    Att läsas experimentellt till (inre) jazz. En favorit är Autobiography. #BOTNS bokbingo: 'Has a place-name in the title' ...
  • Arcadia
    Jul 15, 2014
    There is going to be a poem that resonates with you. An allegorical collection of poems, 'the author intended it as a sustained metaphor or allegory for modern life'. His use of structure is very note-worthy. It allows the reader to freely read it, changing the meaning of the sentence ...
  • Cheryl Kennedy
    Mar 07, 2019
    In Goya's greatest scenes we seem to see the people of the world exactly at the moment when they first attained the title of 'suffering humanity' We are the same people only further from home on freeways fifty lanes wide on a concrete continent spaced with bland bil...