Wake up, The World Is On Fire! by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Inspired by Ferlinghetti’s book, Poetry As Insurgent Art, Cathy DeForest visited City Lights, the iconic bookstore in San Francisco founded by Ferlinghetti. She wrote a note to Lawrence about her interest in doing a broadside of excerpts from his book. The then ninety-year old poet emailed her back and gave her permission. In the same vein as his book, Cathy went on to found Poets On The Loose, a merry band of folks who offer random acts of poetry on the streets of America to willing strangers. Broadside includes letterpress printed photograph of Lawrence Ferlinghetti by Chris Felver . This version is not signed by the author. Wake up, The World is on Fire! Generate Collective joy in the face of collective doom. Instead of trying to escape reality Plunge into the flesh of the world. Sing hello! secretly liberate any being you see in a cage. See eternity, not the other night, but tonight.

Artist Bio

Lawrence Ferlinghetti is a poet, painter and liberal activist and co-founder of City Lights Booksellers and 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. His book, Poetry As Insurgent Art, inspired this letterpress broadside. Located in Ashland, Oregon, Jubilation Press is an independent letterpress printing company that focuses on poetry broadsides and artist books. Poet Derek Pyle and artist Cathy DeForest, select poems that create meaning in people's lives and inspire reflection. They have printed works by US Poet Laureates, local poets and their own poetry since 1995, often raising money for various social causes through the sale of their works. Cathy also teaches artists’ books and printmaking.