Poet and Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021)
Ever since I saw him speak at Dartmouth College in the early 1960s, I have admired Lawrence Ferlinghetti. I loved his poetry collection A Coney Island of the Mind. And I am fond of the books he has published under his City Lights Books imprint. I am currently reading his Writing Across the Landscape: Travel Journals 1960-2010, which also contains some poetry written during his travels, such as the following untitled piece:
La puerta escondida no está escondida La puerta al invisible no está invisibile The door to the invisible is visible The hidden door is not hidden I continually walk through it not seeing it And I am what I am And will be what I will be Sobre las playas perdidas del Sur ....
The first four lines are translated in the poem. The last two lines read “On the lost beaches/Of the South.”
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