[Item #5934] A Political Pamphlet. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
A Political Pamphlet
A Political Pamphlet
A Political Pamphlet

A Political Pamphlet

San Francisco, CA: Anarchist Resistance Press, 1976. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. “In the world today all culture, all literature and art belong to definite classes and are geared to definite political lines. There is in fact no such thing as art for art’s sake, art that stands above classes, art that is detached from or independent of politics. Proletarian literature and art are part of the whole proletarian revolutionary cause; they are, as Lenin said, cogs and wheels in the whole revolutionary machine.”-- Mao Zedong, “Talks at the Yenan Forum on Literature and Art” (May 1942), Selected Works, Vol. III, p. 86. Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919–2021) was a prime example of the type of artist that Mao’s above quote spoke of. While hailed as a literary colossus, Ferlinghetti’s work was inherently political and, up to his dying days, carried the political line of his self-described “philosophical anarchism”. One only needs look at Ferlinghetti’s oeuvre to see the truth in such a claim; “Poetry as Insurgent Art” (2007), “Love in The Days of Rage” (1988), “Landscapes of Living and Dying” (1979), and many more are tools with which Ferlinghetti used to beat revolutionary art into the masses. “A Political Pamphlet” (Morgan, A37, pg. 79) is perhaps the heaviest bludgeoning tool in Ferlinghetti’s arsenal. Poems that deliver scathing critiques of neo-liberal capitalist democracy, poems skeptical of the revolutionary state, rebukes of American society and many many more litter the pamphlet–a red hot firebrand political critique in the poetic form! Signed in thin black in on the front cover beneath his name, the author has signed “Lawrence Ferlinghetti”. Stapled wrappers. First edition though not explicated as such, first printing as stated on the copyright page. Book is in very fine condition with minor wear to fine edges and some light smudging and staining to front and back covers.  . Very Fine. [Item #5934]

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