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His passing really just makes me reflect on the whole arc of the 50s/60s, and I can only conclude, somewhat breathlessly: the counterculture really begins and ends with Ferlinghetti. The Beat Movement, the wave of subversive publishing he helped usher in, the cache he lent to outsider ideas--he was the real deal. You could minus out his entire oeuvre of poems and he would still be staggeringly accomplished. But to have been both a seminal publisher AND an incredible poet? Most of us will not be so lucky to have a Midas touch twice over in our lives. Rest in Verse.