Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s Birthday

“There’s always hope in love. Love and hate are viruses. Love can make a civilization bloom and hate can kill a civilization” – Lawrence Ferlinghetti is ninety-six years old today. Many happy returns of the day, Lawrence!

The quote comes from a revealing profile from San Francisco news station, KQED (including a must-see video portrait by Adam Grossberg – Ferlinghetti bemoans what’s happened to his home-town, San Francisco – and all over!)

“With Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s last breath, San Francisco will become a different city” ( San Francisco – A Map of Perceptions – Andrea Ponsi).

Previous Ferlinghetti birthday posts on the Allen Ginsberg Project, here, here, here and here

Currently up at the Marin Museum of Contemporary ArtLegends of the Bay Area – Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The show will be up until April 5th

Ferlinghetti’s next book, Writing Across The Landscape – Travel Journals (1950-2013) (edited by Giada Diano and Matthew Gleeson), will be coming out this Fall (due out from Liveright in September)

and, prior to that, (in June, from City Lights) – I Greet You At The Beginning of A Great Career – The Selected Correspondence of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg (1955-1997) (edited by Bill Morgan).

Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti – photo: Eliot Greenspan


  1. One spring morning in 1970, I was sitting on the bulldog sculpture in front of thre UGA student center, crowds swirling around it as they assembled for an anti-war rally.

    A smiling young man appeared and handed me a well-thumbed copy of "A Coney Island of the Mind". "Here," he said, "you'll like this."

    That moment encapsulates the era for me. Happy birthday, Mr. Ferlinghetti!

  2. Happy Birthday to a wonderful poet. I still remember hearing you read your poetry and speak at Carnegie Hall in Pittsburgh when I was a freshmen in college. It brings a smile to my face even now.

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