Allen Ginsberg

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

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  • ''who scribbled all night rocking and rolling over lofty incantations which in the yellow morning were stanzas of gibberish.''
    Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Howl (l. 51). . . Allen Ginsberg: Collected Poems 1947-1980 (1984) Harper and Row.
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  • ''Real holy laughter in the river! They saw it all! the wild eyes!
    the holy yells! They bade farewell! They jumped off the roof! to
    solitude! waving! carrying flowers! Down to the river! into the street!''
    Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Howl (l. 93). . . Allen Ginsberg: Collected Poems 1947-1980 (1984) Harper and Row.
  • ''who cooked rotten animals lung heart feet tailborscht & tortillas
    dreaming of the pure vegetable kingdom,''
    Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Howl (l. 52). . . Allen Ginsberg: Collected Poems 1947-1980 (1984) Harper and Row.
  • ''angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to
    the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,''
    Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Howl (l. 3. . . Allen Ginsberg: Collected Poems 1947-1980 (1984) Harper and Row.
  • ''who chained themselves to subways for the endless ride from Battery
    to holy Bronx on benzedrine until the noise of wheels and children
    brought them down shuddering mouth-wracked and battered bleak of brain and drained of brilliance in the drear light of Zoo,''
    Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Howl (l. 14. . . Allen Ginsberg: Collected Poems 1947-1980 (1984) Harper and Row.
  • ''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,
    angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,
    who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz.''
    Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. "Howl," Howl and Other Poems (1956). Opening lines.
  • ''It isn't enough for your heart to break because everybody's heart is broken now.''
    Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Indian Journals, entry for September 6, 1962 (1970). Written in Calcutta.
  • ''My own experience is that a certain kind of genius among students is best brought out in bed.''
    Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. interview, Feb. 1981, Washington Post (July 29, 1984). With Nancy Bunge at Michigan State University.
  • '''The key is in the window, the key is in the sunlight at the
    window—I have the key—Get married Allen don't take drugs—the key is in the bars, in the sunlight in the window.
    Love,
    your mother'''
    Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Kaddish (l. 163-165). . . Allen Ginsberg: Collected Poems 1947-1980 (1984) Harper and Row.
  • ''This is the end, the redemption from Wilderness, way for the
    Wonderer, House sought for All, black handkerchief washed clean by
    weeping—page beyond Psalm—Last change of mine and Naomi—to Gods perfect Darkness—Death, stay thy phantoms!''
    Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Kaddish (l. 55). . . Allen Ginsberg: Collected Poems 1947-1980 (1984) Harper and Row.

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