This book is for those of us who love Allen Ginsberg and specifically the Epic, Generation Defining and Autobiographical poem, Howl Honestly, it s not for everyone This book contains original draft facsimile, transcript, variations of the work, correspondence with William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Neil And others concerning the work So for those who are not familiar with the histories of those people intertwined and that of the beat movement itself this book might be a little out of context if I were teaching a class on the Beat Generation or a class specifically on the works of Allen Ginsberg or poetry and we did a section dissecting how a poem comes together and how one would go through different drafts of a poem I would use this book as great supplemental material and a great teaching tool But for thoseof us who have read the biographies of Ginsburg, Burroughs, Kerouac, and all of the books they wrote poetry and their friends and understand the relationships and the meaning of the poem Then this book isand indispensable signed and I must have for your collection. came upon this during a break from reading writing at the library borrowed the film but didn t watch it know too little of the beat generation and the censorship fervor this poem created his words pack a romantic, terrifying, compassionate, melancholy, haunting, angry, in your face and about bloody time wallop. DOWNLOAD ☰ Howl ♏ Published InAs The Title Poem Of Allen Ginsberg S First Collection, Howl Is A Prophetic Masterpiece That Overcame Censorship Trails To Become One Of The Most Widely Read Poems Of The Century The Annotated Howl Is The Poet S Own Re Creation Of The Long Process Of Composition Of A Revolutionary Poem That Broke New Ground In America Poetry Through Its Expansive Poetic Form, Tonal Range, And Freshness Of Spirit Howl Original Draft Facsimile is a different text than Howl and Other Poems They should not be combined as the same book They are two different poems with the same name The Original Draft has only the text of the original Howl, while the latter book has the highly revised version along with additional poems. He went throughthan 20 drafts of Howl.Wow That s amazing, right I understand it though And allowing a look at the drafts similar to Ariel by Sylvia Plath man.So I m not really reviewing this book as best I can, because damn it, its good, you should read it, hear him recite it, end of poem. Annotated is best Learning from the annotations itself could take weeks But if you ve ever woke up half naked next to a railroad track in Athens, OH, or to a billy club knocking you off a bench in Hell s Kitchen if you ever seen the color of music, loved the woblies, or like poetry, this is for you. Absurd Definitely absurd and defiant Interesting to read, but one is left with many questions after finishing. This was the fastest read of a longintensedetailedcomprehensive anniversary edition of a book ever My eyes are aching.Howl was written in 1956 by 30 year old poet Allen Ginsberg who s credited with leading the Beat movement, along with writer friends Wm Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac and several others Included in the volume are the final text and roughly 18 edited and re edited drafts, the original manuscripts complete with author notes, footnotes, changes and corrections, an introduction to Carl Solomon for whom the poem was dedicated , author s annotations and an endless stream of appendices Especially included are the court documents of the obscenity trial held in San Francisco, in which both Ginsberg and the publisher had been held in custody briefly Excerpts from the court decision, photographs and commentary flesh out the final proceedings Ginsberg sent a considerable number of the manuscripts to those whose opinions he trusted and their responses were quite interesting Ginsberg, in response, felt he had to defend his metrical technique by indicating, with illustrations, that there is a fought hard geometric rhythm to his long phrasing designed for emotional expression and his short phrasing used for punch The poem, after all, was designed to be read aloud, performance style, he defended The geometric rhythm design allowed for the number of breaths one for short phrasing several for long phrasing Yikes.
Don t read the edition ofHowlillustrated by Eric Drooker Drooker may have collaborated with Ginsberg on Illuminated Poems, but he s also responsible for the unspeakably bad animated sequences in the unwatchable Ginsberg biopicHowlNotice the description advertises thatHowlis Now a Major Motion Picture , as if this is something to brag about In fact, the illustrations from this edition ofHowllook like screenshots from film Read this edition instead Or this edition For Carl Solomon II 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,who bared their brains to Heaven under the El and saw Mohammedan angels staggering on tenement roofs illuminated,who passed through universities with radiant cool eyes hallucinating Arkansas and Blake light tragedy among the scholars of war,who were expelled from the academies for crazy publishing obscene odes on the windows of the skull,who cowered in unshaven rooms in underwear, burning their money in wastebaskets and listening to the Terror through the wall,who got busted in their pubic beards returning through Laredo with a belt of marijuana for New York,who ate fire in paint hotels or drank turpentine in Paradise Alley, death, or purgatoried their torsos night after nightwith dreams, with drugs, with waking nightmares, alcohol and cock and endless balls,incomparable blind streets of shuddering cloud and lightning in the mind leaping toward poles of Canada Paterson, illuminating all the motionless world of Time between,Peyote solidities of halls, backyard green tree cemetery dawns, wine drunkenness over the rooftops, storefront boroughs of teahead joyride neon blinking traffic light, sun and moon and tree vibrations in the roaring winter dusks of Brooklyn, ashcan rantings and kind king light of mind,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 all drained of brilliance in the drear light of Zoo,who sank all night in submarine light of Bickford s floated out and sat through the stale beer afternoon in desolate Fugazzi s, listening to the crack of doom on the hydrogen jukebox, who talked continuously seventy hours from park to pad to bar to Bellevue to museum to the Brooklyn Bridge,a lost battalion of platonic conversationalists jumping down the stoops off fire escapes off windowsills of Empire State out of the moon,yacketayakking screaming vomiting whispering facts and memories and anecdotes and eyeball kicks and shocks of hospitals and jails and wars,whole intellects disgorged in total recall for seven days and nights with brilliant eyes, meat for the Synagogue cast on the pavement,who vanished into nowhere Zen New Jersey leaving a trail of ambiguous picture postcards of Atlantic City Hall,suffering Eastern sweats and Tangerian bone grindings and migraines of China under junk withdrawal in Newark s bleak furnished room,who wandered around and around at midnight in the railroad yard wondering where to go, and went, leaving no broken hearts,who lit cigarettes in boxcars boxcars boxcars racketing through snow toward lonesome farms in grandfather night,who studied Plotinus Poe St John of the Cross telepathy and bop kabbalah because the cosmos instinctively vibrated at their feet in Kansas, who loned it through the streets of Idaho seeking visionary indian angels who were visionary indian angels,who thought they were only mad when Balti gleamed in supernatural ecstasy,who jumped in limousines with the Chinaman of Oklahoma on the impulse of winter midnight streetlight smalltown rain,who lounged hungry and lonesome through Houston seeking jazz or sex or soup, and followed the brilliant Spaniard to converse about America and Eternity, a hopeless task, and so took ship to Africa,who disappeared into the volcanoes of Mexico leaving behind nothing but the shadow of dungarees and the lava and ash of poetry scattered in fireplace Chicago,who reappeared on the West Coast investigating the FBI in beards and shorts with big pacifist eyes sexy in their dark skin passing out incomprehensible leaflets,who burned cigarette holes in their arms protesting the narcotic tobacco haze of Capitalism,who distributed Supercommunist pamphlets in Union Square weeping and undressing while the sirens of Los Alamos wailed them down, and wailed down Wall, and the Staten Island ferry also wailed,who broke down crying in white gymnasiums naked and trembling before the machinery of other skeletons,who bit detectives in the neck and shrieked with delight in policecars for committing no crime but their own wild cooking pederasty and intoxication,who howled on their knees in the subway and were dragged off the roof waving genitals and manuscripts,who let themselves be fucked in the ass by saintly motorcyclists, and screamed with joy,who blew and were blown by those human seraphim, the sailors, caresses of Atlantic and Caribbean love,who balled in the morning in the evenings in rosegardens and the grass of public parks and cemeteries scattering their semen freely to whomever come who may,who hiccuped endlessly trying to giggle but wound up with a sob behind a partition in a Turkish Bath when the blond naked angel came to pierce them with a sword,who lost their loveboys to the three old shrews of fate the one eyed shrew of the heterosexual dollar the one eyed shrew that winks out of the womb and the one eyed shrew that does nothing but sit on her ass and snip the intellectual golden threads of the craftsman s loom.who copulated ecstatic and insatiate with a bottle of beer a sweetheart a package of cigarettes a candle and fell off the bed, and continued along the floor and down the hall and ended fainting on the wall with a vision of ultimate cunt and come eluding the last gyzym of consciousness,who sweetened the snatches of a million girls trembling in the sunset, and were red eyed in the morning but prepared to sweeten the snatch of the sunrise, flashing buttocks under barns and naked in the lake,who went out whoring through Colorado in myriad stolen night cars, N.C., secret hero of these poems, cocksman and Adonis of Denver joy to the memory of his innumerable lays of girls in empty lots diner backyards, moviehouses rickety rows, on mountaintops in caves or with gaunt waitresses in familiar roadside lonely petticoat upliftings especially secret gas station solipsisms of johns, hometown alleys too,who faded out in vast sordid movies, were shifted in dreams, woke on a sudden Manhattan, and picked themselves up out of basements hungover with heartless Tokay and horrors of Third Avenue iron dreams stumbled to unemployment offices,who walked all night with their shoes full of blood on the snowbank docks waiting for a door in the East River to open to a room full of steamheat and opium,who created great suicidal dramas on the apartment cliff banks of the Hudson under the wartime blue floodlight of the moon their heads shall be crowned with laurel in oblivion,who ate the lamb stew of the imagination or digested the crab at the muddy bottom of the rivers of Bowery,who wept at the romance of the streets with their pushcarts full of onions and bad music,who sat in boxes breathing in the darkness under the bridge, and rose up to build harpsichords in their lofts,who coughed on the sixth floor of Harlem crowned with flame under the tubercular sky surrounded by orange crates of theology,who scribbled all night rocking and rolling over lofty incantations which in the yellow morning were stanzas of gibberish,who cooked rotten animals lung heart feet tail borsht tortillas dreaming of the pure vegetable kingdom,who plunged themselves under meat trucks looking for an egg,who threw their watches off the roof to cast their ballot for Eternity outside of Time, alarm clocks fell on their heads every day for the next decade,who cut their wrists three times successively unsuccessfully, gave up and were forced to open antique stores where they thought they were growing old and cried,who were burned alive in their innocent flannel suits on Madison Avenue amid blasts of leaden verse the tanked up clatter of the iron regiments of fashion the nitroglycerine shrieks of the fairies of advertising the mustard gas of sinister intelligent editors, or were run down by the drunken taxicabs of Absolute Reality,who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge this actually happened and walked away unknown and forgotten into the ghostly daze of Chinatown soup alleyways firetrucks, not even one free beer,who sang out of their windows in despair, fell out of the subway window, jumped in the filthy Passaic, leaped on negroes, cried all over the street, danced on broken wineglasses barefoot smashed phonograph records of nostalgic European 1930s German jazz finished the whiskey and threw up groaning into the bloody toilet, moans in their ears and the blast of colossal steamwhistles,who barreled down the highways of the past journeying to the each other s hotrod Golgotha jail solitude watch or Birmingham jazz incarnation, who drove crosscountry seventytwo hours to find out if I had a vision or you had a vision or he had a vision to find out Eternity,who journeyed to Denver, who died in Denver, who came back to Denver waited in vain, who watched over Denver brooded loned in Denver and finally went away to find out the Time, now Denver is lonesome for her heroes,who fell on their knees in hopeless cathedrals praying for each other s salvation and light and breasts, until the soul illuminated its hair for a second, who crashed through their minds in jail waiting for impossible criminals with golden heads and the charm of reality in their hearts who sang sweet blues to Alcatraz,who retired to Mexico to cultivate a habit, or Rocky Mount to tender Buddha or Tangiers to boys or Southern Pacific to the black locomotive or Harvard to Narcissus to Woodlawn to the daisychain or grave,who demanded sanity trials accusing the radio of hypnotism were left with their insanity their hands a hung jury,who threw potato salad at CCNY lecturers on Dadaism and subsequently presented themselves on the granite steps of the madhouse with shaven heads and harlequin speech of suicide, demanding instantaneous lobotomy,and who were given instead the concrete void of insulin Metrazol electricity hydrotherapy psychotherapy occupational therapy pingpong amnesia,who in humorless protest overturned only one symbolic pingpong table, resting briefly in catatonia,returning years later truly bald except for a wig of blood, and tears and fingers, to the visible madman doom of the wards of the madtowns of the East,Pilgrim State s Rockland s and Greystone s foetid halls, bickering with the echoes of the soul, rocking and rolling in the midnight solitude bench dolmen realms of love, dream of life a nightmare, bodies turned to stone as heavy as the moon,with mother finally , and the last fantastic book flung out of the tenement window, and the last door closed at 4 a.m and the last telephone slammed at the wall in reply and the last furnished room emptied down to the last piece of mental furniture, a yellow paper rose twisted on a wire hanger in the closet, and even that imaginary, nothing but a hopeful little bit of hallucination ah, Carl, while you are not safe I am not safe, and now you re really in the total animal soup of time and who therefore ran through the icy streets obsessed with a sudden flash of the alchemy of the use of the ellipse the catalog the meter the vibrating plane,who dreamt and made incarnate gaps in Time Space through images juxtaposed, and trapped the archangel of the soul between 2 visual images and joined the elemental verbs and set the noun and dash of consciousness together jumping with sensation of Pater Omnipotens Aeterna Deusto recreate the syntax and measure of poor human prose and stand before you speechless and intelligent and shaking with shame, rejected yet confessing out the soul to conform to the rhythm of thought in his naked and endless head,the madman bum and angel beat in Time, unknown, yet putting down here what might be left to say in time come after death,and rose reincarnate in the ghostly clothes of jazz in the goldhorn shadow of the band and blew the suffering of America s naked mind for love into an eli eli lamma lamma sabacthani saxophone cry that shivered the cities down to the last radiowith the absolute heart of the poem of life butchered out of their own bodies good to eat a thousand years IIWhat sphinx of cement and aluminum bashed open their skulls and ate up their brains and imagination Moloch Solitude Filth Ugliness Ashcans and unobtainable dollars Children screaming under the stairways Boys sobbing in armies Old men weeping in the parks Moloch Moloch Nightmare of Moloch Moloch the loveless Mental Moloch Moloch the heavy judger of men Moloch the incomprehensible prison Moloch the crossbone soulless jailhouse and Congress of sorrows Moloch whose buildings are judgment Moloch the vast stone of war Moloch the stunned governments Moloch whose mind is pure machinery Moloch whose blood is running money Moloch whose fingers are ten armies Moloch whose breast is a cannibal dynamo Moloch whose ear is a smoking tomb Moloch whose eyes are a thousand blind windows Moloch whose skyscrapers stand in the long streets like endless Jehovahs Moloch whose factories dream and croak in the fog Moloch whose smokestacks and antennae crown the cities Moloch whose love is endless oil and stone Moloch whose soul is electricity and banks Moloch whose poverty is the specter of genius Moloch whose fate is a cloud of sexless hydrogen Moloch whose name is the Mind Moloch in whom I sit lonely Moloch in whom I dream Angels Crazy in Moloch Cocksucker in Moloch Lacklove and manless in Moloch Moloch who entered my soul early Moloch in whom I am a consciousness without a body Moloch who frightened me out of my natural ecstasy Moloch whom I abandon Wake up in Moloch Light streaming out of the sky Moloch Moloch Robot apartments invisible suburbs skeleton treasuries blind capitals demonic industries spectral nations invincible mad houses granite cocks monstrous bombs They broke their backs lifting Moloch to Heaven Pavements, trees, radios, tons lifting the city to Heaven which exists and is everywhere about us Visions omens hallucinations miracles ecstasies gone down the American river Dreams adorations illuminations religions the whole boatload of sensitive bullshit Breakthroughs over the river flips and crucifixions gone down the flood Highs Epiphanies Despairs Ten years animal screams and suicides Minds New loves Mad generation down on the rocks of Time 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 Just because it s a classic doesn t mean I have to like it.