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It was 2010, I was visiting Niagara Falls with my family and staying in a hostel. On woke early in the mornings, leaving our bunk-bed room, I went down to the living room and read the book a friend left me: A Coney Island of the Mind (1958) — one of Ferlinghetti’s poetry books. It was the first poetry book I read in decades, and he inspired me to try my hand at poetry — here is one from that Morning. Ferlinghetti’s poetry then later motivated me to start my experimental poetry blog (Fields of Yuan).
This poem can be found at: The Writer’s Almanac
I am not a fan of poetry with off-set scattered lines like this one by Ferlinghetti. Indeed, I think many novice poets do it just to make their ramblings look poetic — ooops, that was a bit critical, wasn’t it. But Ferlinghetti (b. 1919) does it well, and I found his poetry magical. I hope you enjoy this poem as I did. Read his history on wiki, it is fascinating.
Notes for those who need the info like I did:
1. Piazza della Rotunda (wiki): The Piazza della Rotonda is a piazza (city square) in Rome, Italy, on the south side of which is located the Pantheon. The square gets its name from the Pantheon’s informal title as the church of Santa Maria Rotonda.
2. “deigning” — do something that one considers to be beneath one’s dignity.