Americus

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New Directions Publishing, Aug 30, 2005 - Poetry - 90 pages
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti lights out for the territories with Book I of his own born-in-the-U.S.A. epic, Americus.

Describing Americus as "part documentary, part public pillow-talk, part personal epica descant, a canto unsung, a banal history, a true fiction, lyric and political," Ferlinghetti combines "universal texts, snatches of song, words or phrases, murmuring of love or hate, from Lotte Lenya to the latest soul singer, sayings and shibboleths from Yogi Berra to the National Anthem, the Gettysburg Address or the Ginsberg Address, that haunt our nocturnal imagination." This book is a wake-up call that breaks new ground in the grand tradition of Whitman, W.C. Williams, Charles Olson, and Ezra Pound, as Ferlinghetti cruises our literary and political landscapes, past and present, to create an autobiography of American consciousness.
 

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Review: Time of Useful Consciousness

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Described by Ferlinghetti as a description of the "stream of consciousness" style of writing that made so many of his Beat contemporaries popular, I found this book as interesting and unpredictable as ... Read full review

Review: Time of Useful Consciousness

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Described by Ferlinghetti as a description of the "stream of consciousness" style of writing that made so many of his Beat contemporaries popular, I found this book as interesting and unpredictable as ... Read full review

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Born to Italian-Portuguese Sephardic parents in Yonkers, New York, in 1919, Lawrence Ferlinghetti became captain of a U. S. Navy subchaser in the Normandy invasion, and afterward took graduate degrees from Columbia University and the Sorbonne. He is now editor-in-chief of City Lights Books in San Francisco.

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