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Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Poet and translator, Lawrence Ferlinghetti is the author of more than thirty books of poetry and the founder of City Lights Books Shop in San Francisco...
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Americus, Book I [excerpt]

 
by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

I.

To summarize the past by theft and allusion
With a parasong a palimpsest
A manuscreed writ over
A graph of consciousness at  best
A consciousness of   felt life
A rushing together 
Of the raisins of wrath
Of living and dying
The laughter and forgetting
The maze and amaze of life.






From Americus, Book I by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Copyright © 2004 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Reprinted by permission of New Directions. All rights reserved.

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