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Howl: A Graphic Novel Paperback – August 31, 2010
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This poem is transcendence itself. It demonstrates that when you plunge into the deepest pit of hell it either kills you, or perhaps it burns out your insides so that you become a soulless zombie, OR you transcend it and rise howling to become a Mad Poet Saint who can truely encompass the Sacred in the Profane.
Read this poem, and the others like America, A Supermarket in California, Sunflower Sutra, Wild Orphan, and In Back of the Real. It's almost frightening how relevant to daily life it is. If you didn't know it, you would never guess that it was written in the 50's. Of course Ginsberg does invoke, holy eternity in time holy the clocks in space the fourth dimension, in the Footnote. Maybe that's why it's timeless. As Cassady used to say, we know time, yes, we know time....
I wish I would have been there for that first public reading in San Fran with Kerouac running around the audience passing the wine jug. On all the planes, the Gods themselves must have jumped back in shock as a flaming monkeywrench of living poetry was jammed through the spokes of the great quivering meat wheel of conception....
-GIVE PEACE A CHANCE
I read "Howl" this summer as a 16 year old and was absolutely stunned and amazed. As far as enjoying the poem I was entirely too confused by it the first time I read it to actually enjoy it; so let me start by giving the reader of this and prospective buyer of Howl and other Poems the advice to read "Howl" several times before forming a concrete opinion about it. To best describe it shortly, "Howl" is the story of a man that has been through and survived and recognized the horrors of the post war 1940's and the 1950's. "Howl" shows the oppression that people faced during this era and gives a ghastly description of the government and institutions in general at this time. The main strength of Ginsberg's poem is to expand the mind of the reader, even if that means confusing the reader. Take for example the stanza:
who were burned alive in their innocent flannel suits on Madison Avenue, amid blasts of leaden verse & the tanked-up clatter of the iron regiments of fashion & the nitroglycerine shrieks of the fairies of advertising & the mustard gas of sinister intelligent editors, or were run down by the drunken taxicabs of Absolute Reality,
This is an absolutely mind boggling sentence. It attacks the areas of fashion and advertising and the powers of editors in newspapers. Stanzas like that are why I enjoy this poem, it is a critique of the time that Ginsberg lived in and allows one to see parallels in the current day and age.
Howl was written over the course of 1955-1956, and is truly a product of its time. This was the beginning of the beat generation, with other writers such as Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey.Read more ›
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Essential in any respectable library. Replaces a copy lent to someone which was a replacement for a copy lent to someone which was a copy ...Published 1 day ago by John Carvalho
Even after 50 years Ginsberg must be read. Even after 50 years Ginsberg has insights to share. Even after 50 years his poetic flow of urban anger resonates, echoing round and... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Andy McKinney
Poetry stands up after all this time. Evocative. But some of the letters run into each other on my Kindle Fire. Read morePublished 1 month ago by George Simms
HOWL is a gritty, almost song-like collection of poems written by Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg. It is great for a quick read and literature class!Published 2 months ago by Sayeed A.
Loved the poems but the print was hard to read on this edition.Published 2 months ago by Robert Armstrong
This is the original, uncensored edition of Howl, and as far as I know, the only one of its kind. They made a movie on this poem and subsequent trial (appropriately titled... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Remy Trillogy