Thursday, March 24, 2016

He Personified the 'Beat Generation': Happy 97th Birthday, Lawerence Ferlinghetti!

                                    Good Day World!

Join me, if you will, in celebrating American poet, painter, and Liberal activist, Lawernce Ferlinghetti's birthday (March 24, 1919) today. He's 97-years young.

Sixty-one years ago, Ferlinghetti was the principal publisher of an iconoclastic band of writers and poets known as the Beat Generation.

Today, he's still co-owner of City Lights, one of the most celebrated independent book stores in America. 

Next to Edgar Allan Poe, he is my favorite all-time poet. I still remember reading Christ Climbed Down with a sense of awe. His style is stunning and profane. I was hooked from then on.

Ferlinghetti was a featured presenter at the Gathering of the Tribes "Human Be-In" which drew tens of thousands of people and launched San Francisco's "Summer of Love."

Happy Birthday, Lawerence!

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