Allen Ginsberg

(3 June 1926 – 5 April 1997 / Newark, New Jersey)

Comments about Allen Ginsberg

  • Rookie - 7 Points Cat De Garis (4/9/2015 6:01:00 AM)

    Confused as to why Howl isn't on here?

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    0 person did not like.
  • Gold Star - 12,600 Points Douglas Scotney (6/3/2014 10:11:00 PM)

    can you call someone a visionary who wishes to restore the past?

  • Rookie Mcintyre (12/7/2013 11:07:00 AM)

    Where is Howl? I was hoping for a more enlightened web page.

  • Rookie Rick Flores (11/6/2013 8:59:00 PM)

    I agree that Ginsberg was an underwhelming poet, and I do not think that it has anything to do with not understanding poetry. I'm not going to pretend to see the Emperors New Clothes, or Ginsberg's Good Poetry, as it were. I, too, tried to like him because I am a big fan or some of his buddies; Kerouac, Burroughs, and Kesey (not sure how chummy he was with Kesey, but you get the idea) . I was disappointed to say the least. I admit to having kind of a preconceived notion about what his poetry might be like, according to the company he kept. You can definitely tell that he was friends with Burroughs from the bizarre and gritty gayness in his poems. Definitely reminds me of Burroughs' Naked Lunch. But that's where the similarities end.

  • Rookie Blaine Child (5/10/2013 4:40:00 PM)

    i love the irreverence

  • Rookie Kelly Childs (3/4/2013 10:40:00 PM)

    Why is Howl not part of his poems on this website, since it is actually his most famous poem?

  • Rookie Chris Lind (1/23/2013 7:57:00 PM)

    @Ray Davis You know? I think this a good point. I enjoyed Howl and for the better part of month or so I've been trying to like Ginsberg, I wanted to, but I honestly feel like its laughably adolescent gibberish. Too many times I finish one of his poems and think...ooooook...great. Whatever.

  • Gold Star - 4,503 Points Sayeed Abubakar (5/21/2012 11:25:00 PM)

    He wrote a poem on our Liberation War 1971 standing on the street of my city Jessore. I feel proud of it.

  • Rookie Ray Davis (2/13/2012 5:09:00 AM)

    @Debbie Fein he was just a regular guy... He was a pederast and a member of the National Man Boy Love Association; a group that wants to eliminate the age of consent for sex with minors.
    (In their case minor boys) .
    Nothing regular about him and his poetry was laughably adolescent gibberish.

  • Rookie Debbie Fein (1/22/2012 3:56:00 PM)

    Hamish Morcom -his poems were wonderful. I dont think you understand poetry

Best Poem of Allen Ginsberg

A Supermarket In California

What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman, for I walked down the
streets under the trees with a headache self-conscious looking at the full moon.

In my hungry fatigue, and shopping for images, I went into the neon fruit
supermarket, dreaming of your enumerations!
What peaches and what penumbras! Whole families shopping at night! Aisles
full of husbands! Wives in the avocados, babies in the tomatoes! --- and you,
Garcia Lorca, what were you doing down by the watermelons?
I saw you, Walt Whitman, childless, lonely old grubber, poking among the
meats in the ...

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Cia Dope Calypso

In nineteen hundred forty-nine
China was won by Mao Tse-tung
Chiang Kai Shek's army ran away
They were waiting there in Thailand yesterday

Supported by the CIA

Pushing junk down Thailand way

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