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Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti takes vivid shape in new books

Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti takes vivid shape in new books

It wouldn't be the first time Lawrence Ferlinghetti would kick up a hive. On this occasion in 1982 it would be as part of a panel at the Naropa Institute where he served the role of august first-hand witness. The topic: Beat Generation and Censorship. What did it mean to really "threaten the Establishment" ... the status quo? What did it mean for a writer to press into difficult or uncomfortable regions — both in the world and within his/herself? "'Do you consider yourself to be a revolutionary writer?' a woman asks from the audience. "I did not want to seem pretentious and egotistical, and I demurred along those lines," Ferlinghetti...

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