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Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg was born in 1926 in Newark, New Jersey, a son of Naomi Ginsberg and lyric poet Louis Ginsberg. In 1956 he published his signal poem, Howl, one of the most widely read and translated poems of the century. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, awarded the medal of... show more



Allen Ginsberg was born in 1926 in Newark, New Jersey, a son of Naomi Ginsberg and lyric poet Louis Ginsberg. In 1956 he published his signal poem, Howl, one of the most widely read and translated poems of the century. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, awarded the medal of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French minister of culture in 1993, and co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute, the first accredited Buddhist college in the Western world, Allen Ginsberg died on April 5, 1997.

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Misericordia
Misericordia rated it 3 years ago
Читала на русском. Дальше спойлеры:Можно конечно спросить: «А почему вы вообще пробовали наркотики? Почему вы продолжали употреблять их достаточно долго для того, чтобы стать наркоманом?» К наркотикам привыкаешь, потому что в других сферах деятельности нет особо сильных желаний, привязок, стимулов, ...
Lindsay's Book Log
Lindsay's Book Log rated it 3 years ago
The history of this is interesting but the content was not. Between the dedication and intro I was already ready to toss this book. So much white male privilege. Gag.
MarginMan
MarginMan rated it 4 years ago
138 pages of Ginsberg the traveler, Ginsberg the political malcontent, Ginsberg the drug-induced rambler. The two longest pieces are "Television Was A Baby Crawling Toward That Deathchamber" (18 pages) and "Wichita Vortex Sutra" (23 pages). 39 other poems. There is much here that left me unimpres...
MarginMan
MarginMan rated it 4 years ago
It really comes down to your opinion of the title piece. If you think it's great, the other poems won't matter. But if you don't like it, the other poems won't make up for it.Of the 124 pages, 30 are "Kaddish' and another 30 are the two essays about it. "Laughing Gas" checks in at 17 pages. The othe...
Leopard
Leopard rated it 4 years ago
In an earlier review https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/933507873?book_show_action=false where I provide a bit of the backstory of Korean poet Ko Un (b. 1933), I mention that he was a Son (Zen) monk for a decade but left the church deeply disappointed. His disappointment was directed at the ...
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