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The prophetic poem that launched a generation when it was first published in 1965 is here presented in a commemorative fortieth Anniversary Edition.
When the book arrived from its British printers, it was seized almost immediately by U.S. Customs, and shortly thereafter the San Francisco police arrested its publisher and editor, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, together with City Lights Bookstore manager Shigeyoshi Murao. The two of them were charged with disseminating obscene literature, and the case went to trial in the municipal court of Judge Clayton Horn. A parade of distinguished literary and academic witnesses persuaded the judge that the title poem was indeed not obscene and that it had "redeeming social significance."
Thus was Howl & Other Poems freed to become the single most influential poetic work of the post-World War II era, with over 900,000 copies now in print."
Belin said on Oct 11, 2013, 13:00
mario_espo said on Jan 24, 2012, 21:19
In realtà letto e riletto in un loop infinito. Iniziato alla mattina, finito alla sera come se fosse un libro di preghiere. E molte volte con la voce di Allen Ginsberg in sottofondo. Le sue registrazioni accompagnano la mia lettura (rilettura) quotidiana. Lui sì che aveva capito il mondo e l'America. Scegliere il mio poem preferito è impossibile, ma due su tutti mi sono cari (Howl a parte, ovvio): A Supermarket in California e America.
Semplicemente magnifico. Tant'è che ce l'ho sempre in tasca.
Sacajawea said on Mar 31, 2011, 09:48
Ginsberg reading his poems (courtesy of the gorgeous UbuWeb): http://www.ubu.com/sound/ginsberg.html scroll down to October 25, 1956 and May 4, 1995.
I read the poem in preparation for the movie, I confess. Obviously I had already come across selections (everybody has) but never actually read it top to bottom (many haven't).
Allen Ginsberg was Walt Whitman reincarnated, nobody will question the cliché I guess. The high-pitched declamative tone, at once oral and heightened, the stretched verses, the accumulations, "I am America". And the beard. Crucially influenced by Kerouac, W.C. Williams, and jazz, Ginsberg eventually found his own voice, true, personal, outrageous, shining. He made various references to specific events in his and his fellow beats' lives, that may be obscure if wikipedia didn't come to the rescue. Histories about inspiration for single lines are in fact very entertaining, if one is inclined to check 'em out.
"who went out whoring through Colorado in myriad stolen night-cars, N.C., secret hero of these poems, cocksman and Adonis of Denver--joy to the memory of his innumerable lays of girls in empty lots & diner backyards, moviehouses' rickety rows, on mountaintops in caves or with gaunt waitresses in familiar roadside lonely petticoat upliftings & especially secret station solipsisms of johns, & hometown alleys too..."
The book & its publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti (but not the author) underwent an obscenity trial in 1957: which if nothing else proves that Howl was a watershed, era-defining work.
And of course I would recommend reading the poem before watching the movie. http://howlthemovie.com/
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