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Howl And Other Poems

City Lights Pocket Poets Series

By Allen Ginsberg, William Carlos Williams (Introduction by)

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Format: Paperback, 57 pages
Published In: United States, 01 October 1986
Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems was originally published by City Lights Books in the Fall of 1956. Subsequently seized by U.S. customs and the San Francisco police, it was the subject of a long court trail at which a series of poets and professors persuaded the court that the book was not obscene. Howl & Other Poems is the single most influential poetic work of the post-World War II era, with over 1,000,000 copies now in print. "Howl was Allen's metamorphosis from quiet, brilliant, burning bohemian scholar trapped by his flames and repressions to epic vocal bard."--Michael McClure "It is the poet, Allen Ginsberg, who has gone, in his own body, through the horrifying experiences described from life in these pages." --William Carlos Williams "At the height of his bardic powers, Allen Ginsberg could terrify the authorities with the mere utterance of the syllable "om" as he led street throngs of citizens protesting the Vietnam War. Ginsberg reigned as the raucous poet of American hippiedom and as a literary pioneer whose freewheeling masterwork "Howl" prevailed against government censorship in a landmark obscenity trial 50 years ago." -- New York Times "Fifty years ago, on October 3, Judge Clayton Horn ruled that Allen Ginsberg's great epic Beat-era poem HOWL was not obscene but instead, a work of literary and social merit. This ruling allowed for the publication of HOWL and exonerated the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who faced jail time and a fine 50 years ago for publishing 'HOWL.'" -- Pacifica.org Allen Ginsberg was born June 3, 1926, the son of Naomi Ginsberg, Russian emigre, and Louis Ginsberg, lyric poet and schoolteacher, in Paterson, New Jersey. To these facts Ginsberg adds: "High school in Paterson till 17, Columbia College, merchant marine, Texas and Denver copyboy, Times Square, amigos in jail, dishwashing, book reviews, Mexico City, market research, Satori in Harlem, Yucatan and Chiapas 1954, West Coast 3 years. Later Arctic Sea trip, Tangier, Venice, Amsterdam, Paris, read at Oxford Harvard Columbia Chicago, quit, wrote Kaddish 1959, made tape to leave behind & fade in Orient awhile. Carl Solomon to whom Howl is addressed, is a intuitive Bronx dadaist and prose-poet."

Table of Contents

"Howl" for Carl Solomon - introduction by William Carlos Williams; "Howl"; footnote to "Howl"; a supermarket in California; transcription of organ music; sunflower sutra; America; in the baggage room at greyhound; an asphodel; song; wild orphan; in back of the real.

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Allen Ginsberg is also the author of Howl and Other Poems, which was originally published by City Lights Books in the fall of 1956.

EAN: 9780872860179
ISBN: 0872860175
Publisher: City Lights Books
Dimensions: 16.31 x 12.24 x 0.53 centimetres (0.07 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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'I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness...' The young Allen Ginsberg's raw, epic poem shines a terrifying strobe light on the reality of surviving as an 'outsider' 1950's America. The poem showcases a 'beatnik' way of life that was violently at odds with the conservative Cold War society of the time - it was even the subject of an obscenity trial in 1957 due to its references to drugs and homosexuality. The poem is so honest it is almost painful to read, the repetitive rhythms are powerful and hypnotic, and it gives us a glimpse of a repressive, paranoid America which (in some ways) hasn't changed much at all.

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