Lawrence ferlinghetti

Ferlinghetti standing outside City Lights Booksellers.

Poetry is the shadow

A Ferlinghetti quote, set into the pavement in Jack Kerouac Alley, near City Lights.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. March 24, 1919) is an American poet, painter, so-called liberal activist, and the co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Author of poetry, translations, fiction, theatre, art criticism, and film narration, he is best known for A Coney Island of the Mind (1958), a collection of poems that has been translated into nine languages, with sales of over one million copies.