Tuesday 27 August 2013

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (American poet, painter, activist, publisher)

* Lawrence Ferlinghetti is the co-founder of City Lights, an independent bookstore-publisher in San Francisco, California that specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics. An author of poetry, translations, fiction, theatre, art criticism, and film narration, Ferlinghetti is best known for A Coney Island of the Mind (1958), a collection of poems that has been translated into nine languages, with sales of over one million copies. He is also famous for his trial and acquittal on obscenity charges for publishing Allen Ginsberg's influential poetry collection Howl and Other Poems (City Lights, 1956).

Ferlinghetti has a tight Cardinal T-square involving an opposition between the Moon and Pluto-Jupiter, with Chiron-Sun in Aries at the apex (ruled by Mars in Aries on the Descendant).


Though imbued with the commonplace, Ferlinghetti’s poetry is grounded in lyric and narrative traditions. Among his themes are the beauty of natural world, the tragicomic life of the common man, the plight of the individual in mass society, and the dream and betrayal of democracy. He counts among his influences T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, e. e. cummings, H.D., Marcel Proust, Charles Baudelaire, Jacques PrĂ©vert, Guillaume Apollinaire, and Blaise Cendrars. One of his poems, 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes', is now a poem studied at GCSE level in England and Wales, as part of the collection of poems in the AQA Anthology. His famous poem "Just As I Used to Say', was published in 1976, when Ferlinghetti was aged 57.

Read more from his Wikipedia biography.


BIRTH DATA: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 24 March 1919, 19:30 (7:30 p.m.) EST (+5), Yonkers, New York, USA (40n55, 73w53). ASC: 19 Libra. RR: AA (from quoted birth certificate). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield (©) quotes Bill Morgan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, A Comprehensive Bibliography to 1980 (Garland, 1982), p. XV: "Lawrence Ferlinghetti was born March 24, 1919, at 7:30 PM as indicated on his birth certificate in Yonkers, Westchester County, New York, no. 470, district no. 5907."

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