Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Poetry As Insurgent Art

I realised Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote poems with an edge to them after reading out his poem "Underwear" at a local MayDay get-together - it wasn't just my way-off sense of humour. Just published by City Lights this new book from Ferlinghetti "offers, in prose, his primer of what poetry is, could be, should be. The result is by turns tender and furious, personal and political. If you are a reader of poetry, find out what is missing from the usual fare you are served; if you are a poet, read at your own risk—you will never again look at your role in the same way."