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A Friendship Beyond Prison Walls and a Ferlinghetti Soundscape

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Memorial for Lawrence Ferlinghetti at City Lights Books in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood on Feb. 23, 2021. Ferlinghetti died in San Francisco on Feb. 22 at the age of 101. (Beth Laberge/KQED)

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