Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s Elegy to Allen Ginsberg

The Ginsberg-Ferlinghetti Letters, “I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career”, published this past summer by City Lights, concludes with a reprint of Lawrence’s moving elegy to his friend (from 1997) – “Allen Ginsberg Dying”. We reprint it once again hereALLEN GINSBERG DYINGAllen Ginsberg is dyingIt’s all in the papersIt’s on the evening newsA great poet is dyingBut his voicewon’t dieHis voice is on the landIn Lower Manhattanin his own bedhe is dyingThere is nothingto do about itHe is dying the death that everyone diesHe is dying the death of a poetHe has a telephone in his handand … Read More