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April 3, 2003
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Has a War On His Mind

lawrence ferlinghetti has a war on his mind
all the kids chase him

through activist Springs down souvenired streets
while representing nonexistent majorities
though reality silently whispers twice

through masses of discontent
not content, disconnected
more from common cause than cause
and what’s left is all that’s left

fame throws a donkey’s wrench
across rippling headlines
ripping headlines from truth
to sensational sensations

and bandied chants and brandied chants
and branded chants and blanded chants
hide ignorance behind rhythm

lawrence ferlinghetti has a war on his mind
all the kids chase him