Review: A Coney Island Of The Mind by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Huzzah for Lawrence Ferlinghetti for this fine collection of poetry! Not only does he improve upon the work of his first collection in every conceivable way during the titular first section, he augments it with a second section of longer titled poems meant to be read to jazz accompaniment. Bob Dylan lifted the style of “Autobiography” completely for his hit song “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” If this book doesn’t justify its millions in sales I don’t know what collection of poetry doesn’t. The only chink in the armor is the third section which is a selection of what is likely the best of the best of his Pictures Of The Gone World.

Final Grade: B+

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