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“We rushed in to be the Left side of modern poetry.” —Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“The function of a little press such as City Lights at that time was discovery.” —Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“I never think about whether it’s repetition or whatever.” —Lawrence Ferlinghetti

FERLINGHETTI: A REBIRTH OF WONDER livestream conversation with filmmakers Christopher Felver & Haydn Reiss, July 12 @cafilminstitute 

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“It comes down to all the standard figures of speech. Simile and metaphor. That’s what makes a poem.” —Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Just had a great idea: We should change Columbus Ave. in North Beach to Ferlinghetti Ave. (I know there’s already an alley named after Ferlinghetti, but this is just WAY more fitting)

Poet and @CityLightsBooks  co-founder ferlinghetti'>Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who is 101, was the commanding officer of a submarine chaser on #DDay . He took this photo of a Liberty ship that struck a mine at Utah Beach. Ferlinghetti later saw the ruins of Nagasaki, which made him a pacifist.

“I didn’t want to have an elitist publishing house. I was more interested in the common man.” —Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“I didn’t want to have an elitist publishing house. I was more interested in the common man.” —Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“We were publishing what was happening in poetry, and what was happening in poetry was the coalition of people like Allen Ginsberg and Philip Lamantia.” —Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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Don’t be so open-minded that your brains fall out. LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI

ferlinghetti'>Happy Birthday Lawrence Ferlinghetti! 101-years old today. One of our greatest poets. Here’s one of my favorites... “Pity The Nation” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti Pity the nation whose people are sheep, and whose…

Here’s to ferlinghetti'>Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the legendary poet and co-founder of @CityLightsBooks  who turns 101 today. “Pity the nation whose leaders are liars / Whose sages are silenced / And whose bigots haunt the airwaves”

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Amid the dread, something to celebrate this month: ferlinghetti'>Lawrence Ferlinghetti turns 101 on March 24.

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Pity the nation whose people are sheep And whose shepherds mislead them Pity the nation whose leaders are liars Whose sages are silenced And whose bigots haunt the airwaves.” —Ferlinghetti

Embedded in this sweet story is an amazing fact: The literary agent who sold a new novel by poet ferlinghetti'>Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who is 99, is Jack Kerouac's old agent, Sterling Lord, who is 97.

ferlinghetti'>Lawrence Ferlinghetti will turn 99 March 24. The legendary co-founder has some wisdom for future generations: "Don't screw up." You can listen to him on my new podcast:

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Happy 99th birthday to ferlinghetti'>Lawrence Ferlinghetti! Here’s my interview with the co-founder of . The podcast includes him reciting his poetry.

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Very happy 98th birthday to ferlinghetti'>Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet, painter, defender of free speech, and cofounder of SF's glorious .

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