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Lawrence Ferlinghetti's first book since Poetry as Insurgent Art, a new call to action and a vivid picture of civilization moving towards its brink.
“His poems burn through modern America’s absurdities and unrepentant historical revision in a glorious rant against mediocrity, greed, capitalism and boring poetry.” — Publishers Weekly
“Lawrence Ferlinghetti is a national treasure and the kind of poet laureate we really deserve.” — CounterPunch
“In the spirit of Whitman, [Ferlinghetti] unwinds a country in all its speed and vibrancy.” — San Francisco Chronicle
“Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s engrossing new work, Time of Useful Consciousness, is an ode to modern American myth. At ninety-two, Ferlinghetti has rhythm, he has vision, and he captures the magic energy of Jack Kerouac.” — The Coffin Factory
“Time of Useful Consciousness is a fresh missive from an elderly Beat who has always refused to sit down.” — Truthdig
“Ferlinghetti refers to Ginsberg as 'the Whitman of our age,' but Time of Useful Consciousness has that epic, galvanizing, country-hopping voice of a latter-day Good Gray as Ferlinghetti recreates the pioneer spirit of racing west for gold, for freedom, for art, for land, for the hell of it, for life—as well as all the messy stops along the way.” — Christopher Bollen, Interview Magazine