Poster: Poem "#5" from Coney Island of the Mind. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Poster: Poem "#5" from Coney Island of the Mind

Conshohocken, PA: Poster Prints, 1970. First Printing. Single Sheet. A very large poster (24"x36") with an untitled poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, one of the great figures of the Beat Generation & beyond as poet, publisher & proprietor of the iconic City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. The poem, the first line of which is "Sometime during eternity," was originally the fifth-numbered poem on page 15 of his classic, A Coney Island of the Mind, first published in 1958. In this 1970 production, the entire background is a dark scene dominated by a crucified hippie (or Charles Manson?) figure, at the foot of which is a group of establishment-police-military-authority figures. Just below this tableau is the text of the poem in white against the black background, with facsimile (full) signature of the poet below the last lines. An extremely rare production that exemplifies an original Beat message applied to the 1960s protest culture it helped ignite, with a bludgeoning symbolic image. In near-fine condition with horizontal crease across mid-width where folded in half; another crease emanating therefrom at an angle across most of upper section of lower half; very light smaller creases along surface & edges; tiny holes & gauges just above left area of horizontal crease & along upper, middle left edge, effecting only black background & not images or text; tiny pin-holes & gauges at all corners where apparently once placed, again not effecting images or text; tiny chips at upper left corner & upper right edge.

Item is currently mounted on stiff board, in protective shrink wrap, will be shipped refolded into quarters as originally issued.
Near Fine. [Item #2110]

Price: $100.00