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Ferlinghetti in his studio at Hunters Point San Francisco


Ferlinghetti on Lyricism

Faced with the dominant technocratic materialist consciousness of America today, many become Luddites, Buddhists, vegans, psychics, exotic mystics, dopers, psychedelic visionaries, or just retreat to their shells. Painters and poets have available to them the lyric escape – pure lyricism, in paint and words, pure light untainted by pollution, environmental or political. Rejecting political expression as a creative medium, in this group of painting I am indulging in the lyric escape.

– Lawrence Ferlinghetti



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