"zoom tool"

under covers at night,
i am often jacking off furiously -
anticipating ecstatic visions

of Blake,
almost almost

but never consummated.
so now
i'm hoping
Ginsberg's hairy ass'll hover above

outta my throbbed cock :
illuming the room
w/ chant dance
joys invoking bulbs of brightness,

bringing all guilt to innocence
as it should be.

hey allen !

bring me
sweet tea leaf
to smoke nine clouds higher



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Psalm IV

Now I'll record my secret vision, impossible sight of the face of God:

It was no dream, I lay broad waking on a fabulous couch in Harlem
having masturbated for no love, and read half naked an open book of Blake
on my lap

Lo & behold! I was thoughtless and turned a page and gazed on the living


and heard a voice,
it was Blake's,
reciting in earthen measure:

the voice rose out of the page to my secret ear never heard before-
I lifted my eyes to the window, red walls of buildings flashed outside,
endless sky sad Eternity
sunlight gazing on the world, apartments of Harlem standing in the

each brick and cornice stained with intelligence like a vast living face--

the great brain unfolding and brooding in wilderness!

--Now speaking
aloud with Blake's voice--

Love! thou patient presence
& bone of the body!
Father! thy careful
watching and waiting over my soul!
My son! My son!

the endless ages have remembered me!
My son! My son!
Time howled in anguish in my ear!
My son! My son!
my father wept and held me in his dead arms.

-Allen Ginsberg, 1960

"At one point Allen masturbated as he read and as he orgasmed he experienced an auditory hallucination. He knew that he was hearing the deep voice of William Blake himself reciting the poem and for the first time he became aware of the poems significance. It wasn't that he imagined he heard Blake's voice, he actually did hear Blake speak directly to him, as surely as the saints heard the Virgin Mary speaking to them. As Allen stared out the window, another poem by Blake, "The Sick Rose," came to mind. When he gazed out across the rooftops of the city, the entire universe was revealed to him. Allen was intensely alive and alert for those few minutes. He realized that what he was seeing had been there all the time; it was an aspect of the imagination that is eternal, extending beyond this life and his former consciousness back as far as Blake and beyond. He saw not objects but the process of creation behind them. It was a sudden flash of recognition in which the secret of all universal mysteries was unlocked. He could almost say that he saw God at that moment. It was all there if only he observed. The most astonishing aspect of this vision was that the actual location of the guiding intelligence was within the objects of the world themselves, not in some remote corner of the heavens."
-Bill Morgan

"Worried about his future, he became bitter and angry. Consequently, he buried himself into a world of books and masturbation. One day, after a hearty session of masturbation and the reading of William Blake's Ah Sunflower, Ginsberg claimed to see God. For a week, Ginsberg skirted between several flashes of euphoria and paranoia. He believed that he heard Blake's voice speaking to him, and when he shared these experiences with his friends, all doubted him. His father even thought he had inherited his mother's schizophrenia."
--Excerpted from "The Birth of the Beat Generation" , -via BeatBios

"There are many reasons to reinvoke this poet and artist for the present symposium on the historical, moral, and social importance of antisocial personalities. To begin with, Blake was just such a character. He was a deeply eccentric, marginal, and relatively unknown figure. His later and still growing fame could not have been guessed from his reputation in his own time. Some of his contemporaries considered him "an absolute lunatic," "a saint amongst the infidels & a heretic with the orthodox." Blake was a man who "said many things tending to the corruption of Xtian morals" and who "outraged all common sense & rationality." The charge of madness was a common one in his own day and can still be heard occasionally in ours, even as an industry of elite scholarship sifts through and debates every detail of his personal mythology and largely hidden life. If Blake was once a relative nobody of very humble means..."
-Jeffrey John Kripal

"(Let me tell you now)
Ev'rybody's talkin' 'bout
Revolution, Evolution, Masturbation, Flagellation, Regulation,
Integrations, mediations, United Nations, congratulations
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance

Ev'rybody's talkin' 'bout
John and Yoko, Timmy Leary, Rosemary,
Tommy Smothers, Bobby Dylan, Tommy Cooper,
Derek Taylor, Norman Mailer, Allen Ginsberg, Hare Krishna
Hare Hare Krishna"

-John Yoko Lennon Ono

The library is fortunate to have among its very special Ginsberg holdings a clean and well-preserved copy of Howl for Carl Solomon (San Francisco, 1956), the mimeographed first edition of Ginsberg's great poem, which appeared some months before the first City Lights edition (also in the Rare Book Collection). Reportedly typed by Robert Creeley and run off on a mimeo machine by Martha Rexroth (wife of poet Kenneth), it was distributed free to Ginsberg's friends. Because only twenty-five copies were printed and fewer still are known to have survived, it is the rarest of Ginsberg's first editions as well as his first separately published work.

12 of 31 people found the following review helpful:
1.0 out of 5 stars Essentially mindless, August 21, 2002
By demontalented - See all my reviews
After reading this book, I am curious to why this book is so highly regarded. It seems that the only reason is because it became a bestseller after a judge had to rule on whether it was obscene or not. It isn't, of course. At least, to me. The problem with this book is its lack of interesting content. Ginsberg isn't necessary lacking in skill from a poetic/language view, but the problem is how you say words, how you organize them, etc., is only part of what makes good poetry. You can see Whitman's influence in Ginsberg. I'm not the biggest fan of Whitman, but at least Whitman had interesting things to talk about! Ginsberg's topics are boring, irrelevant to me. It's loaded with crazy talk that some may find interesting...but it lacks substance. There is not underlying value or ideas. The only ideas here are in his style, how he can twist words around to make them pretty or interesting sounding. Personally, I'd rather have language bring understanding than an impediment to understanding. I'm going to wait until the morning, and then read something else to bring back faith in the capabilities of language. If you do not care for content, and are more concerned with form, then by all means check out Ginsberg.

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Amazing, September 30, 2007
By Catherine A. Kwiatkowski - See all my reviews
Amazing, this book truely is one of the books of modern Bohemia ... A must for every dark-inspired beat-nick.

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6 of 22 people found the following review helpful:
2.0 out of 5 stars Beat Beat Beat and then bleated by the sheep !, April 5, 2005
By zoomer "goldrocket" (USA) - See all my reviews
Beat Generation poetry. Obscene and profane, but is it great?

This book is introduced by Williams Carlos Williams, a far better poet, who really should have known better than to pass Ginsberg's rants off as poetry.

There is energy and youth evident in Howl, but there is also an abundance of hogwash and lies.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry's newbreed, April 26, 1998
By A Customer
A marvelous use of words to induce images of pain and torture and love and lost. A must for any person willing to give Ginsberg's style a chance.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible journey through the life of a Beatnik, January 20, 1998
By A Customer
This book is phenomenal, mostly because it showcases the life of the underdog, rather than that of one in charge. The late Ginberg uses such devilish wordplay and mind-boggling situations that by the end, you'll be wondering about your sanity. It also highlights how badly Americans were and are currently treated by the establishment in such a brutal way. This book is god-like.

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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful:
1.0 out of 5 stars overrated, January 5, 1998
By wjg@brooktrout.com (Massachusetts) - See all my reviews
Even critics who are sympathetic to Ginsberg, such as David Perkins in his "History of Modern Poetry," admit that he was a one-hit wonder. T. S. Eliot pointed out, speaking of Milton, that a poet can be great but still exercise a bad influence on those who follow him. I myself, speaking of "Howl," would use words very similar to those Tennyson used in describing "Sordello" -- I liked only the first line of it. There are better free verse poets than Ginsberg, just as there are better critics of America than Ginsberg.

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