Prose from Poetry Magazine


by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Against the Chalk Cliffs

Against the Chalk Cliffs, 1952–1957, oil on canvas, 49 x 36 in. 


Door to the Sea

Door to the Sea, 1997, oil on canvas, 74 x 28 in.


Manhattan Transit

Manhattan Transit, 1959, oil on canvas, 36 x 28 in.


Lovely Her

Lovely Her, 1996, charcoal and conté crayon on paper, 24 ⅜ x  18 ¼ in.


Oh Pocahontas, Pocahontas!

Oh Pocahontas, Pocahontas!, 1987, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 in.



Lovers, 2004, oil and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 50 in.



Untitled, 1983, acrylic, charcoal, and ink wash on paper, 23 ¼ x 14 in.



Untitled, 1997, charcoal on paper, 16 ¼ x 14 in.


This is Not a Man

This is Not a Man, 1993–1994, oil and acrylic on canvas, 68 x 36 in.


Ezra Pound: I Have Beaten Out My Exile

Ezra Pound: I Have Beaten Out My Exile, 2009, oil and acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 in.


More Light, Lawrence Ferlinghetti's commentary

Originally Published: July 2, 2012


On July 4, 2012 at 1:12pm Travis Bonneau wrote:
Dearest Master FERLING!

Thank you for sharing some of your latest works, both poetry and painting, two bodies one soul... maestro Ferlinghetti you continue to inspire beyond boundaries and thank you again.

Always Peace and Wonluv!

Travis Bonneau
Portland, Oregon

On November 24, 2012 at 9:07am Matthew R. Brown wrote:
Dear Lawrence,

If you have the chance to read this, thank you again for the wondrous, ongoing journey that started for me in 1969 when I read a borrowed copy of Pictures of the Gone world and then made my very first purchase of a book of poetry with Coney Island. One of my favorite poems there, In the wounded wilderness of Morris Graves, has led me into that man's fascinating body of work. I wish Poetry had published the painting that appears on the cover of How to Paint Sunlight, for that would look nice along with the other superb works. To anyone who reads this, get a copy of How to Paint Sunlight, and you will find Mr. Ferlinghetti in all his wonderful powers, if in a more gentle light, than the works that originally made him famous. I say this because any artist's most famous works tend to overshadow others that are just as deserving of attention. Thank You.

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This prose originally appeared in the July/August 2012 issue of Poetry magazine

July/August 2012


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 Lawrence  Ferlinghetti


As poet, playwright, publisher, and activist, Lawrence Ferlinghetti helped to spark the San Francisco literary renaissance of the 1950s and the subsequent “Beat” movement. Like the Beats, Ferlinghetti felt strongly that art should be accessible to all people, not just a handful of highly educated intellectuals. His career has been marked by its constant challenge of the status quo; his poetry engages readers, defies popular . . .

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