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Constantly risking absurdity

Sharing one of my favorite poems for National Poetry Month... Detroit's Metro Times printed a poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti sometime in the early 1990s. It's "#15" from his famous book A Coney Island of the Mind: Poems (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1958). I clipped it from that MT issue and kept it all these years; I was going to scan and put it here, because the placement of the words on the page is equal to the words themselves in making the poem so effective, to me. It turns out that the Poetry Foundation has it — Constantly Risking Absurdity (#15) — where they actually managed the layout without turning it into a .jpg. They also got permission, where I didn't, so go take a look. I don't want to give too much away, but toward the end the reference to the legendary silent film star always makes me smile.

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kenny2fl
Apr. 24th, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
Nice.
songdogmi
Apr. 30th, 2012 04:20 am (UTC)
Thanks. I love how my eye bounces around the page and how that ties into the ending.
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