Lawrence Ferlinghetti is one the more unknown figures of the Beat Generation. However, 'A Coney Island of the Mind' presents itself as one the most accessible and enjoyable introductions both to the writing of the Beat Poets as to poetry in general.
What makes this tiny book of poetry so special? It's hard to define, really. Ferlinghetti's biggest success lies within his ability to capture precise moments, thoughts and emotions. His style isn't unique but it doesn't have the rambling presentation of, for example, [a:Allen Ginsberg|4261|Allen Ginsberg|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1206649831p2/4261.jpg]'s writings. For most readers, this will be a relief, as 'A Coney Island of the Mind' profits from a much higher degree of clarity.
Ferlinghetti says he's 'walked down alleys too narrow for Chryslers'. One could say this small quote summarizes the main aspects of his work; very down-to-earth, everyday thematics and most of all, very honest and direct poetry. In short, Ferlinghetti does everything a collection of poetry should do - it provides some great imagery, interesting ideas and holds plenty of secrets and mystery after a first read. Recommended.