A sequel to A Coney Island of the Mind (written forty years after the original in what the author has called “a poetry seizure” that lasted more than a year), A Far Rockaway of the Heart is a sequence of 101 related poems with recurrent themes. The author also thinks of it as a kind of caustic critique of modern poetry, including confrontations with or parodies of major figures in the literary avant-garde before the arrival of the Beat generation, notably Pound and Eliot, Beckett, and Joyce.
Lawrence gives an overview of the book:
A prominent voice of the wide-open poetry movement that began in the 1950s, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has written poetry, translation, fiction, theater, art criticism, film narration, and essays. Often concerned with politics and social issues, Ferlinghetti’s poetry countered the...