the Howl by Allen Ginsberg


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Allen Ginsberg was made famous by his poem: “Howl” in Octobet of 1955 in

San Francisco.


“Howl,” at the Six Gallery Reading —

the poem that begins with the lines:


“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness,

starving hysterical naked,

dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn

looking for an angry fix,

angel headed hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection

to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,

 who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed high sat up

smoking in the supernatural darkness

of cold-water flats

  floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz,

who bared their brains to Heaven under the El

and saw Mohammedan angels staggering on tenement

roofs illuminated.”

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