Allen Ginsberg

(3 June 1926 – 5 April 1997 / Newark, New Jersey)

Allen Ginsberg
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Irwin Allen Ginsber was an American poet and one of the leading figures of the Beat Generation in the 1950s. He vigorously opposed militarism, materialism and sexual repression. Ginsberg is best known for his epic poem "Howl", in which he celebrated his fellow "angel-headed hipsters" and harshly denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States. This poem is one of the classic poems of the Beat Generation. The poem, which was dedicated to writer Carl Solomon, opens:

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by
madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at ... more »

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  • ''who scribbled all night rocking and rolling over lofty incantations which in the yellow morning were stanzas of gibberish.''
    Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Howl (l. 51). . . Allen Ginsberg: Collected Poems 1947-1980 (1984) Harper and Row.
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  • ''It isn't enough for your heart to break because everybody's heart is broken now.''
    Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Indian Journals, entry for September 6, 1962 (1970). Written in Calcutta.
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  • ''My own experience is that a certain kind of genius among students is best brought out in bed.''
    Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. interview, Feb. 1981, Washington Post (July 29, 1984). With Nancy Bunge at Michigan State University.
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  • ''what can he do to escape that fatal Mama—''
    Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Kaddish (l. 128). . . Allen Ginsberg: Collected Poems 1947-1980 (1984) Harper and Row.
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  • ''Fortunately art is a community effort—a small but select community living in a spiritualized world endeavoring to interpret the wars and the solitudes of the flesh.''
    Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. "Mexico and Return to U.S.," entry for July 11, 1954, Journals: Early Fifties Early Sixties, ed. Gordon Ball (197...
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  • Rosa Jamali Rosa Jamali(10/1/2019 3:30:00 AM)

    America which has been written in the heydays of political turmoil in the US and at the brink of
    Vietnam War, from the early lines of the poem you see the poet is really concerned with the political
    life of his country and is developing an anti-establishment tone, mentioning the dates and events.

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  • Michael Walker Michael Walker(8/28/2019 8:07:00 PM)

    When I first read Allen Ginsberg's poems, like 'Howl' and 'A Supermarket in California', some years ago,
    they made a big impression on me. Some of his poems are first-rate: others are not. He did not need to use as many vulgarisms as he did. He was good enough without using profanity.

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  • Neal Cassidy(3/2/2018 6:52:00 PM)

    Can someone possibly repair the spelling of Allen's surname in the first line? The g has been omitted.

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  • Nikolaus Legendre(12/16/2017 6:28:00 PM)

    Where is Howl? I specifically wanted that one

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  • Cat De Garis(4/9/2015 6:01:00 AM)

    Confused as to why Howl isn't on here?

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  • Douglas Scotney(6/3/2014 10:11:00 PM)

    can you call someone a visionary who wishes to restore the past?

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  • Rapixal@gmail.com Mcintyre(12/7/2013 11:07:00 AM)

    Where is Howl? I was hoping for a more enlightened web page.

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  • Rick Flores(11/6/2013 8:59:00 PM)

    I agree that Ginsberg was an underwhelming poet, and I do not think that it has anything to do with not understanding poetry. I'm not going to pretend to see the Emperors New Clothes, or Ginsberg's Good Poetry, as it were. I, too, tried to like him because I am a big fan or some of his buddies; Kerouac, Burroughs, and Kesey (not sure how chummy he was with Kesey, but you get the idea) . I was disappointed to say the least. I admit to having kind of a preconceived notion about what his poetry might be like, according to the company he kept. You can definitely tell that he was friends with Burroughs from the bizarre and gritty gayness in his poems. Definitely reminds me of Burroughs' Naked Lunch. But that's where the similarities end.

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  • Blaine Child(5/10/2013 4:40:00 PM)

    i love the irreverence

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Best Poem of Allen Ginsberg

A Supermarket In California

What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman, for I walked down the
streets under the trees with a headache self-conscious looking at the full moon.

In my hungry fatigue, and shopping for images, I went into the neon fruit
supermarket, dreaming of your enumerations!
What peaches and what penumbras! Whole families shopping at night! Aisles
full of husbands! Wives in the avocados, babies in the tomatoes! --- and you,
Garcia Lorca, what were you doing down by the watermelons?
I saw you, Walt Whitman, childless, lonely old grubber, poking among the
meats in the ...

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