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.


About songdogmi

I'm a longhaired almost-hippie stuck in the inner suburbs of a major rust-belt metropolis who's thoughtful, creative, and kind of geeky. In exchange for a paycheck I run around in a cubicle maze most days. When I escape, I play music, hang out in coffee houses, dink around on the computer, take naps, and think I should be off in the woods somewhere. Every once in a while I get in my car and drive far, far away, though I've always come back so far.
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