Who is Allen Ginsberg

Irwin Allen Ginsberg (; June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet and writer. As a student at Columbia University in the 1940s, he began friendships with William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, forming the core of the Beat Generation. He vigorously opposed militarism, economic materialism, and sexual repression, and he embodied various aspects of this counterculture with his views on drugs, sex, multiculturalism, hostility to bureaucracy, and openness to Eastern religions.Ginsberg is best known for his poem "Howl", in which he denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States. San Francisco police and US Customs seized "Howl" in 1956, and it attracted widespread publicity in 1957 when it became the subject of an obscenity trial, as ...
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Allen Ginsberg Poems

  • Kissass
    Kissass is the Part of Peace
    America will have to Kissass Mother Earth
    Whites have to Kissass blacks, for Peace & Pleasure,
    Only Pathway to Peace, Kissass....
  • Homework
    Homage to Kenneth Koch


    If I were doing my Laundry I'd wash my dirty Iran ...
  • First Party At Ken Kesey's With Hell's Angels
    Cool black night thru redwoods
    cars parked outside in shade
    behind the gate, stars dim above
    the ravine, a fire burning by the side ...
  • An Asphodel
    O dear sweet rosy
    unattainable desire
    ...how sad, no way
    to change the mad ...
  • Fourth Floor, Dawn, Up All Night Writing Letters
    Pigeons shake their wings on the copper church roof
    out my window across the street, a bird perched on the cross
    surveys the city's blue-grey clouds. Larry Rivers
    'll come at 10 AM and take my picture. I'm taking ...
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Abigailkret: also now obsessed with good morning mr. orwell (1984) which was hosted by an increasingly drunk george plimpton and featured performances by merce cunningham, laurie anderson, joseph bueys, philip glass + very high john cage & allen ginsberg. was a delightful disaster!
Quintenfernando: i would've loved to see edward r murrow fight, allen ginsberg
Gusmarcados: you know me now. i’m only good at beginnings. allen ginsberg
Gnilwoce: “poets are damned… but see with the eyes of angels.” ― allen ginsberg
Yasinkaralar86: “night is the wonderful opportunity to take rest, to forgive, to smile, to get ready for all the battles that you have to fight tomorrow.” –allen ginsberg
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