As you read Allen Ginsberg‘s Howl, it carves out a little pocket in your brain and heart and lives there forever. He is one of those poets you imagine being friends with. His friendships with fellow Beat writers are legendary. Through decades and different countries, his very public relationship with Peter Orlovsky is inspiring.
Written in 1955, this big poem, in this little book changed the course of poetry, literature, and free speech as we know it. Part of City Lights’ Pocket Poets Series, it’s meant to fit into one’s pocket so that one will never be without poetry.
Scott used to invite friends over to read Ginsberg’s poetry as a group.
Scott was excited to educate Jason about Ginsberg.
And Jason immediately felt a kinship with Ginsberg.
Brent is also a fan of Allen Ginsberg.
Sean Blossom, reading Howl to some happy strangers at Hard French, a queer dance party.
Brandon and Mac reading and absorbing Howl.
Allen Ginsberg is still creating and nurturing relationships through his poetry. As we celebrate the right for all to marry we need to remember those who were not quiet and howled for civil rights and to live a public life of love. Today might not have happened so soon if it weren’t for poets and artists like him.