Poetry as Insurgent Art: Pity the Nation [Lawrence Ferlinghetti]

“If you would be a poet, create works capable of answering the challenge of apocalyptic times, even if this meaning sounds apocalyptic.

You are Whitman, you are Poe, you are Mark Twain, you are Emily Dickinson and Edna St. Vincent Millay, you are Neruda and Mayakovsky and Pasolini, you are an American or a non-American, you can conquer the conquerors with words….”

Lawrence Ferlinghetti — From “Poetry as Insurgent Art”

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Pity The Nation

Pity the nation whose people are sheep
And whose shepherds mislead them

Pity the nation whose leaders are liars
Whose sages are silenced
And whose bigots haunt the airwaves

Pity the nation that raises not its voice
Except to praise conquerers
And acclaim the bully as hero
And aims to rule the world
By force and by torture

Pity the nation that knows
No other language but its own
And no other culture but its own

Pity the nation whose breath is money
And sleeps the sleep of the too well fed

Pity the nation oh pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away
My country, tears of thee Sweet land of liberty!

Pity the Nation, by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

REFERENCES

Lawrence Ferlinghetti — Wikipedia

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Pity the Nation — Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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