A Coney Island of the Mind | by Lawrence Ferlinghetti | R. B. Kitaj

A Coney Island of the Mind | by Lawrence Ferlinghetti | R. B. Kitaj


Poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
With portraiture by R. B. Kitaj

Signed by the poet and the artist

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In 1958, Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s collection of poems A Coney Island of the Mind was published by New Directions. The book immediately found a large audience, drawn to the poetry for its refreshing liberality, unconventionality, and humor. This special edition presents the first section of that book, the sequence of twenty-nine poems called "A Coney Island of the Mind". 

R. B. Kitaj made two drawings in charcoal on handmade paper, one a portrait of the poet in profile that serves as the frontispiece, the other a portrayal of the poet on a plummeting rollercoaster, his hair and beard flying, observed by an all-seeing eye. In accord with the title and the aesthetics of the poetry and the artworks, the design of the book is purposely disorienting: the titling curves and swirls and runs the wrong way, and the page numbers are not quite what they seem.

 Production Details

  • Edition of 300 numbered copies for sale

  • Folio, 16 by 10 inches, 48 pages

  • Bound with brown cloth spine and printed paper sides, in slipcase

  • Arion Press publication #74, 2005

 Read the full prospectus here.