A Far Rockaway of the Heart. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
A Far Rockaway of the Heart
A Far Rockaway of the Heart
A Far Rockaway of the Heart
A Far Rockaway of the Heart

A Far Rockaway of the Heart

ISBN: 0811213471
New York, NY: New Directions Books, 1997. First Edition. Hardcover. "A sequel to A Coney Island of the Mind (written forty years after the original in what the author has called "a poetry seizure" that lasted more than a year), A Far Rockaway of the Heart is a sequence of one hundred and one related poems with recurrent themes. The author also thinks of it as a kind of caustic critique of modern poetry, including confrontations with or parodies of major figures in the literary avant-garde before the arrival of the Beat Generation, notably (Ezra) Pound and (T.S.) Eliot, (Samuel) Beckett and (James) Joyce. A self-styled "stand-up tragedian," (Lawrence) Ferlinghetti has been called "the foremost chronicler of our times." If A Coney Island of the Mind was a generation's vibrant eye-opener, A Far Rockaway of the Heart is a wake-up call for a new age." (front flap) A later cycle of poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021), the iconic American poet, publisher & bookseller who was at the forefront of the Beat Generation, San Francisco Renaissance & all their successor movements with his own works & those published & sold through his City Lights imprint & venue. A sequel of sorts to his classic, highly influential A Coney Island of the Mind (1958), the poems are titled by their chronological number, as in the first work that they echo. It is interesting to note that the number of poems here (101, the last two of which can be characterized as prose-poems) corresponds to the ripe old age of Ferlinghetti at the recent time of his earthly passing. But with his prolific & most impactful legacy including this volume, he has achieved immortality. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition. A production of New Directions, the brave beacon of literary & artistic freedom founded by James Laughlin, the friend & champion of Ferlinghetti & many other great literary pioneers who died during the year of this publication. An essential & rewarding Ferlinghetti collectible. Book in very fine condition, substantially mint inside & out. Dust jacket fine with only a few miniscule bumps at edges & corners of front, back covers, spine & flaps; one short, closed angled tear at/ near upper right corner of front cover. But for the latter, we would deem it very fine, indeed all but mint. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #4382]

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