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elleng

(132,161 posts)
Wed Apr 5, 2017, 12:06 AM Apr 2017

Happy 98th Birthday, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, March 24,

who decades ago wrote:

“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.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero
and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.
Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
and no other culture but its own.
Pity the nation whose breath is money
and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.
Pity the nation — oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.
My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.”
― Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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Happy 98th Birthday, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, March 24, (Original Post) elleng Apr 2017 OP
Thanks. Boy has he seen some things. nolabear Apr 2017 #1
One of the bestest ghostsinthemachine Apr 2017 #2
I've an original copy of "A Coney Island of the Mind" which I found in a used bookstore. KittyWampus Apr 2017 #3
YES! Happy Birthday! burrowowl Apr 2017 #4
What a lion. What an artist. Damn. I bow to this man. byronius Apr 2017 #5
A true "guardian and protector of the mind" as Dylan would put it- and 1st Amedment HERO Warren DeMontague Apr 2017 #6

ghostsinthemachine

(3,569 posts)
2. One of the bestest
Wed Apr 5, 2017, 12:14 AM
Apr 2017

I have a signed copy of one of his books around here. First edition too. Met him many times browsing the aisles of City Lights.

 

KittyWampus

(55,894 posts)
3. I've an original copy of "A Coney Island of the Mind" which I found in a used bookstore.
Wed Apr 5, 2017, 12:16 AM
Apr 2017

I credit that book, in part, for my never becoming cynical.

His work and Ginsberg's made me FEEL what art could do and say.

And that energy needs a rebirth right now.

People are creative beings and I see so many people spending their lives staring into their smart phones.

Warren DeMontague

(80,708 posts)
6. A true "guardian and protector of the mind" as Dylan would put it- and 1st Amedment HERO
Wed Apr 5, 2017, 02:43 AM
Apr 2017

Important to honor such types in days like these when misguided censorship-minded authoritarians would try and tell others what they can read, watch, say, draw, write, publish, film, or think.

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