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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Time of Useful Consciousness Lawrence Ferlinghetti Hard Cover Publisher: New Directions Publication Date: October 24, 2012 88 pages ISBN: 9780811220316 Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s Time of Useful ... Read full review
Time of Useful ConsciousnessUser Review - Sue White - Book Verdict
Nonagenarian Ferlinghetti continues the personal, impressionistic history of America begun in 2004’s Americus, Book I, moving westward across “this vast lonely, inchoate continent” with an urgency ... Read full review