Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems

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Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg Summary

Allen Ginsberg was the bard of the beat generation, and Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems is a collection of his finest work published in Penguin Modern Classics, including 'Howl', whose vindication at an obscenity trial was a watershed moment in twentieth-century history. 'I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked' Beat movement icon and visionary poet, Allen Ginsberg broke boundaries with his fearless, pyrotechnic verse. This new collection brings together the famous poems that made his name as a defining figure of the counterculture. They include the apocalyptic 'Howl', which became the subject of an obscenity trial when it was first published in 1956; the moving lament for his dead mother, 'Kaddish'; the searing indictment of his homeland, 'America'; and the confessional 'Mescaline'. Dark, ecstatic and rhapsodic, they show why Ginsberg was one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century. Allen Ginsberg (1926-97) was an American poet, best known for the poem 'Howl' (1956), celebrating his friends of the Beat Generation and attacking what he saw as the destructive forces of materialism and conformity in the United States at the time. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, won the National Book Award for The Fall of America and was a co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute, the first accredited Buddhist college in the Western world. If you enjoyed Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems, you might like Jack Kerouac's On the Road, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'The poem that defined a generation' Guardian on 'Howl' 'He avoids nothing but experiences it to the hilt' William Carlos Williams

Howl, and Other Poems

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Howl, and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg Summary

"Howl" is a poem written by Allen Ginsberg in 1955, published as part of his 1956 collection of poetry titled "Howl and Other Poems." Ginsberg began work on "Howl" as early as 1954. "Howl" is considered to be one of the great works of American literature. It came to be associated with the group of writers known as the Beat Generation, which included Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. There is no foundation to the myth that "Howl" was written as a performance piece and later published by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights Books. This myth was perpetuated by Ferlinghetti as part of the defense's case during the poem's obscenity trial, as detailed below. Upon the poem's release, Ferlinghetti and the bookstore's manager, Shigeyoshi Murao, were charged with disseminating obscene literature, and both were arrested. On October 3, 1957, Judge Clayton W. Horn ruled that the poem was not obscene. Poems include: Howl -- Footnote To Howl -- A Supermarket in California -- Transcription of Organ Music -- Sunflower Sutra -- America -- In the Baggage Room at Greyhound; Earlier Poems: An Asphodel -- Song -- Wild Orphan -- In Back of the Real.

Howl on Trial

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Letters, press reports, excerpts from the trial transcript and decision, and other texts document the 1957 obscenity trial of San Francisco beat poet Allen Ginsburg and looks at censorship in the United States and the battle against it.

Kaddish and Other Poems: 1958-1960

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Great strange visionary poems by the author of Howl, "in the midst of the broken consciousness of mid-twentieth century . . ." In the midst of the broken consciousness of mid-twentieth century suffering anguish of separation from my own body and its natural infinity of feeling its own self one with all self, I instinctively seeking to reconstitute that blissful union which I experience so rarely. I took it to be supernatural an gave it holy Name thus made hymn laments of longing and litanies of triumphancy of Self over mind-illusion mechano-universe of un-feeling Time in which I saw my self my own mother and my very nation trapped desolate our worlds of consciousness homeless and at war except for the original trembling of bliss in breast and belly of every body that nakedness rejected in suits of fear that familiar defenseless living hurt self which is myself same as all others abandoned scared to own unchanging desire for each other. These poems almost unconscious to confess the beatific human fact, the language intuitively chosen as in trance & dream, the rhythms rising on breath from belly thru breast, the hymn completed in tears, the movement of the physical poetry demanding and receiving decades of life while chanting Kaddish the names of Death in many worlds the self seeking the Key to life found at last in our self.

Linceul blanc (white shroud)

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Sur la route

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Sur la route by Jack Kerouac Summary

Un gars de l'Ouest, de la race solaire, tel était Dean. Ma tante avait beau me mettre en garde contre les histoires que j'aurais avec lui, j'allais entendre l'appel d'une vie neuve, voir un horizon neuf, me fier à tout ça en pleine jeunesse ; et si je devais avoir quelques ennuis, si même Dean devait ne plus vouloir de moi pour copain et me laisser tomber, comme il le ferait plus tard, crevant de faim sur un trottoir ou sur un lit d'hôpital, qu'est-ce que cela pouvait me foutre ?... Quelque part sur le chemin je savais qu'il y aurait des filles, des visions, tout, quoi ; quelque part sur le chemin on me tendrait la perle rare.

Blood song

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Blood song by Eric Drooker Summary

" Où sommes-nous ? En Asie du Sud-Est ? Et quand ? Peut-être à une époque idyllique, lorsque les villageois prenaient seulement ce dont ils avaient besoin, laissant leur environnement tel qu'ils l'avaient trouvé. Les images de Drooker évoquent des situations bien plus universelles que particulières. Elles ne se contentent pas de raconter l'histoire d'un ou deux lieux donnés, mais celle d'un combat entre forces vitales et forces destructrices qui fait rage où que vivent les gens sur notre planète. "

Howl

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Howl by Allen Ginsberg Summary

First published in 1956, Allen Ginsberg's Howl is a prophetic masterpiece—an epic raging against dehumanizing society that overcame censorship trials and obscenity charges to become one of the most widely read poems of the century. This annotated version of Ginsberg's classic is the poet's own re-creation of the revolutionary work's composition process—as well as a treasure trove of anecdotes, an intimate look at the poet's writing techniques, and a veritable social history of the 1950s.

Une vie d'emprunt

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Une vie d'emprunt by Boris Fishman Summary

Slava, jeune Juif russe de New York, est un modèle d’intégration. Fuyant sa communauté, sa langue maternelle et le poids du destin familial, il s’est installé à Manhattan où, à défaut de réaliser ses rêves d’écrivain, il a dégoté un poste de larbin pour la prestigieuse revue Century avec, en prime, une petite amie américaine branchée et sexy. Mais la mort de sa grand-mère le ramène brutalement parmi les siens, à Brooklyn, et plus précisément chez son grand-père. Le vieux Guelman a souffert dans la vie parce qu’il était juif, parce qu’il était citoyen de seconde zone en Union soviétique, puis immigré russe en proie au mépris d’une Amérique triomphante – et voudrait bien, aujourd’hui, obtenir réparation. Mais il n’est éligible à aucun programme d’indemnisation. Qu’à cela ne tienne, Slava est écrivain, il sait raconter des histoires... Une vie d’emprunt est un texte poignant et drôle sur l’identité, l’immigration, les aléas de la morale, mais aussi et surtout un saisissant portrait de ces communautés marquées au fer rouge par l’histoire du xxe siècle et passées sans transition d’une société soviétique à l’american way of life. Boris Fishman naît à Minsk en 1979 et émigre aux États-Unis en 1988. C’est un journaliste remarqué et reconnu, dont Une vie d’emprunt est le premier roman.

Maggie Cassidy

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Maggie Cassidy by Jack Kerouac Summary

Ça s'est passé au bal. Dans la salle de bal du Rex ; avec des préposés au vestiaire dans une entrée pleine de courants d'air, une fenêtre, des rangées de porte-manteaux, de la neige fraîche sur le sol ; des beaux garçons et des jeunes filles aux joues roses s'engouffrant à l'intérieur, les garçons faisant claquer leurs talons, les filles en hauts talons et robes courtes des années trente qui dévoilaient des jambes affriolantes. Les adolescents terrifiés que nous étions laissèrent leurs manteaux en échange de jetons de cuivre avant de se diriger vers le vaste brouhaha de la salle, tous les six pleins d'appréhension et de chagrins inconnus. Jack Kerouac se souvient des premières extases, des premiers drames de la passion. Celle qui d'une caresse apaise les morsures intérieures avant d'étrangler les mots à jamais.

The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg

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The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg by Eliot Katz Summary

Allen Ginsberg was one of the most politically engaged writers of his era, with a widespread social and cultural impact that was rare for a poet of his or any generation. In this volume, Eliot Katz takes a readable, scholarly look at Ginsberg's most influential poems and explores the varied and inventive ways that Ginsberg turned his political ideas and perceptions into powerful poetry. While there have been some important, previous biographies and other books looking at Ginsberg's life and work, this is the first full-length volume focusing primarily on how Ginsberg's writing works as political poetry and on Ginsberg's extraordinary influence on political culture over the ensuing decades. As a longtime poet and activist himself, as well as a friend of Ginsberg's who worked with him on a number of poetry and activist endeavors, Katz brings a unique personal, political, and literary perspective to this project. This book-including its chapter on "Howl," which offers an astute and original guide to reading Ginsberg's most celebrated poem-will be of interest to students and scholars studying Ginsberg's poetry in college classrooms, as well as to general readers and writers who enjoy Ginsberg's work.

City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology

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City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology by Lawrence Ferlinghetti Summary

"Printer's ink is the greatest explosive."?Lawrence Ferlinghetti Lawrence Ferlinghetti founded the City Lights publishing house sixty years ago in 1955, launching the press with his now legendary Pocket Poets Series. First in the series was Pictures of the Gone World?the only book of his own poems that Ferlinghetti would ever publish at City Lights. Within a year, he had brought out two more volumes, translations by Kenneth Rexroth and then poems by Kenneth Patchen. But it was the success and scandal of number four, Howl & Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg (1956), that put City Lights on the map, positioning the Pocket Poets Series at the forefront of the literary counterculture. A landmark sixtieth anniversary retrospective, this edition is a must-have collection, an invaluable distillation of the energetic, iconoclastic, and still fresh body of work represented in the ongoing series. Ferlinghetti has selected three poems from each of the sixty volumes, including the work of Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Andrei Voznesensky, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Julio Cortázar, Frank O'Hara, Marie Ponsot, Denise Levertov, Diane di Prima, Robert Duncan, Phillip Lamantia, Malcolm Lowry, and many more of the Pocket Poets Series innovative, influential, and often groundbreaking American and international poets. Ferlinghetti provides a fresh introduction that looks back at the inspiration for the series, why certain poets were included, and who were the ones that got away. His behind-the-scenes, personal anecdotes provide priceless insights that shed new light on his vision and his editorial practices at a time when the Pocket Poets Series was shaping the contours of poetry's avant-garde.

Selected Poems 1947-1995

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Assembled by Allen Ginsberg, Selected Poems 1947-1995 is the definitive collection of the best works of one of the most influential and revolutionary poets of the twentieth century. Allen Ginsberg, famous for helping catalyze the Beat Generation, wrote poetry for more than fifty years. His innovative verse and provocative attitudes of spiritual, political, and sexual liberation inspired countless poets, musicians, and visual and performance artists worldwide, and helped shape several generations' views of the world. Selected Poems 1947-1995 commemorates Ginsberg's brilliant career as one of America's most distinguished poets. Here are well-known masterpieces such as the lyric "Howl" and the narrative "Kaddish" -- classic works of American literature -- as well as more recent gems, including the long dream poem "White Shroud," the visionary "After Lalon," and the political rock lyric "The Ballad of the Skeletons," a song he recorded in 1996 with a stellar band that included Philip Glass, Lenny Kaye, and Paul McCartney.

The Best Minds of My Generation

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In 1977, twenty years after the publication of his landmark poem “Howl,” and Jack Kerouac’s seminal book On the Road, Allen Ginsberg decided it was time to teach a course on the literary history of the Beat Generation. Through the creation of this course, which he ended up teaching five times, first at the Naropa Institute and later at Brooklyn College, Ginsberg saw an opportunity to present the history of Beat Literature in his own inimitable way. Compiled and edited by renowned Beat scholar Bill Morgan, and with an introduction by Anne Waldman, The Best Minds of My Generation presents the lectures in edited form, complete with notes, and paints a portrait of the Beats as Ginsberg knew them: friends, confidantes, literary mentors, and fellow revolutionaries. Ginsberg was seminal to the creation of a public perception of Beat writers and knew all of the major figures personally, making him uniquely qualified to be the historian of the movement. In The Best Minds of My Generation, Ginsberg shares anecdotes of meeting Kerouac, Burroughs, and other writers for the first time, explains his own poetics, elucidates the importance of music to Beat writing, discusses visual influences and the cut-up method, and paints a portrait of a group who were leading a literary revolution. For Beat aficionados and neophytes alike, The Best Minds of My Generation is a personal yet critical look at one of the most important literary movements of the twentieth century.