A brave man and a brave poet.
—Bob Dylan

The original 1958 edition.

A Coney Island of the Mind

Poetry by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The title of this book is taken from Henry Miller’s _Into the Night Life _and expresses the way Lawrence Ferlinghetti felt about these poems when he wrote them during a short period in the 1950s—as if they were, taken together, a kind of Coney Island of the mind, a kind of circus of the soul. _A Coney Island of the Mind _is not about the geographical Coney Island. The author intended it as a sustained metaphor or allegory of modern life. 

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti

American writer, publisher, activist, visual artist, and founder of City Lights Books

A brave man and a brave poet.
—Bob Dylan
As a social phenomenon Coney Island of the Mind is truly remarkable. With roughly a million copies in print, few poetry collections come anywhere close to matching its readership.
The Guardian