Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997

Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness...
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

and other odd jobs. Tuesday.The Life of Allen Ginsberg Born in Newark. dishwasher. William Burroughs. left-wing radicals interested in Marxism. nudism. November 16. feminism and active members of the USA Communist Party Won a scholarship to Columbia University Changed his major from Law to English Friends with Jack Kerouac. Named themselves the "Beat Generation" writers Worked as a welder in the Brooklyn naval yards. whose enormous sexual appetite helped Ginsberg to accept his own homosexuality. 2010 . Parents were 2nd-generation Russian-Jewish immigrants. Herbert Huncke and Neal Cassady. New Jersey. night porter.

Tuesday.The Life of Allen Ginsberg Troubles with the law Spent eight months at the Columbia Psychiatric Institute. Ginsberg had dedicated himself to becoming a poet after hearing in a vision the voice of William Blake reciting the poem "Ah Sunflower. Exemplifies Ginsberg's spontaneous composition with natural wanderings of the mind and rhythms of breathing. Ginsberg worked for Newsweek and as a market research consultant Summer of 1948. 2010 . November 16. free-verse poem. Began to experiment with peyote and campaigned for the liberation of American anti-drug laws Before devoting himself to poetry. reminiscent of Walt Whitman and influenced by the American Transcendentalists." Howl: gained immediate fame in 1955 long.

Kaddish: About mothers tragic life mother suffered from recurrent epileptic seizures and paranoia. 2010 . November 16. 15 years in mental hospitals.The Life of Allen Ginsberg Felt a poet's duty was to bring a visionary consciousness of reality to his readers. Ginsberg began traveling both at home and abroad Turned to Buddhism Experimented with various psychedelic stimulants to create visionary poetry Tuesday. enduring the effects of electroshock treatments and a lobotomy After the death of his mother.

In his late years. nonconformity. Ginsberg remained a radical poet. marched against the C.A. embodying the ideals of personal freedom. and the search for enlightenment while publishing and traveling despite increasing health problems with diabetes and the aftereffects of a stroke. Lectured at universities. Met with holy men in an effort to find someone who could teach him a method of meditation that would help himdeal with his egotism and serve as a vehicle for heightened spiritual awareness. Tuesday. and was arrested in the riots during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. opposed the Vietnam War.The Life of Allen Ginsberg Ginsberg traveled to India 1962 and stayed for nearly two years. Cuba deported him after he protested at the regiment's treatment of homosexuals and called Che Guevara ''cute''. November 16. and the Shah of Iran.I. 2010 .

for I walked down the streets under the trees with a headache self-conscious looking at the full moon. I heard you asking questions of each: Who killed the pork chops? What price bananas? Are you my Angel? I wandered in and out of the brilliant stacks of cans following you. and followed in my imagination by the store detective. Tuesday.A Supermarket in California What thoughts I have of you tonight. 2010 . childless. I went into the neon fruit supermarket. November 16. Garcia Lorca. possessing every frozen delicacy. dreaming of your enumerations! What peaches and what penumbras! Whole families shopping at night! Aisles full of husbands! Wives in the avocados. poking among the meats in the refrigerator and eyeing the grocery boys. Walt Whitman. and shopping for images. Walt Whitman. babies in the tomatoes! --. lonely old grubber. We strode down the open corridors together in our solitary fancy tasting artichokes. In my hungry fatigue.and you. what were you doing down by the watermelons? I saw you. and never passing the cashier.

Which way does your beard point tonight? (I touch your book and dream of our odyssey in the supermarket and feel absurd. lights out in the houses. lonely old courageteacher. dear father. we'll both be lonely. home to our silent cottage? Ah. November 16.) Will we walk all night through solitary streets? The trees add shade to shade. what America did you have when Charon quit poling his ferry and you got out on a smoking bank and stood watching the boat disappear on the black waters of Lethe? Tuesday. Will we stroll dreaming of the lost America of love past blue automobiles in driveways. Walt Whitman? The doors close in an hour. graybeard.A Supermarket in California Where are we going. 2010 .

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