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A 21st-Century Ferlinghetti

Part of Poetry International

Come along to this exhibition celebrating Beat poet, publisher, painter and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who marked his 100th birthday this year.

On display are examples of Ferlinghetti's visual work Pyramids in the Sand, which is exhibited for the first time in the UK. Also on show is Ferlinghetti’s lithograph The Sea Within Us V (What Islands?), donated by the artist to the National Poetry Library collection to mark this occasion.

Explore archival video including Chris Felver's film Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder. You can also delve into audio and ephemeral materials, including a letter written by Ferlinghetti, from the National Poetry Library collection.

As part of the exhibition, contemporary poet Leo Boix has been commissioned to write new work in response to Ferlinghetti's life and work.

The exhibition is curated by David Thorp.

The National Poetry Library would like to thank the following for their support:
Angela Nikolakopoulou
Bob Pain and Omni Colour
Trish Bransten and all at the Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco
Diane Roby, Red Communications & Art Services
Stacey Lewis and all at City Lights
Robert 'Ohara' Burne
Tinatin Sharburishvili

Dates & times

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National Poetry Library,

Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall