Lawrence Ferlinghetti was a poet, playwright, publisher, activist, and an essential voice in the Beat generation in San Francisco. He co-founded City Lights bookstore. His collections of poems include A Coney Island of the Mind, Endless Life: Selected Poems, and These Are My Rivers: New and Selected Poems, 1955–1993. Poetry as Insurgent Art was published in 2005. Writing Across the Landscape, from which ‘‘Russian Winter Journal’’ is taken, was published in 2015.