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By Allen Ginsberg | Comments: ( 515 ) | Date: ( Jul 19, 2019 )

Chosen by Ginsberg himself from nearly fifty years of experimental, groundbreaking verse, this selection, in his words, summarizes what I deem most honest, most penetrant of my writing , and includes lesser known and later works which go beyond his iconic Beat Generation image Presented chronologically, and ranging from early works such as Paterson 1949 to selectionsChosen by Ginsberg himself from nearly fifty years of experimental, groundbreaking verse, this selection, in his words, summarizes what I deem most honest, most penetrant of my writing , and includes lesser known and later works which go beyond his iconic Beat Generation image Presented chronologically, and ranging from early works such as Paterson 1949 to selections from White Shroud 1980 85 and Cosmopolitan Greetings 1986 92 , and including the classic poems Howl 1955 56 and Kaddish 1959 60 as well as songs, recent uncollected poems and notes by the author, this volume brings together the most intensely personal verse of a great American poet incandescent explorations that expand the consciousness with their breadth of vision and depth of humanity.


  • Title: Selected Poems, 1947-1995
  • Author: Allen Ginsberg
  • ISBN: 9780141184760
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Allen Ginsberg

Irwin Allen Ginsberg was the son of Louis and Naomi Ginsberg, two Jewish members of the New York literary counter culture of the 1920s Ginsberg was raised among several progressive political perspectives A supporter of the Communist party, Ginsberg s mother was a nudist whose mental health was a concern throughout the poet s childhood According to biographer Barry Miles, Naomi s illness gave Allen an enormous empathy and tolerance for madness, neurosis, and psychosis As an adolescent, Ginsberg savored Walt Whitman, though in 1939, when Ginsberg graduated high school, he considered Edgar Allan Poe his favorite poet Eager to follow a childhood hero who had received a scholarship to Columbia University, Ginsberg made a vow that if he got into the school he would devote his life to helping the working class, a cause he took seriously over the course of the next several years.He was admitted to Columbia University, and as a student there in the 1940s, he began close friendships with William S Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and Jack Kerouac, all of whom later became leading figures of the Beat movement The group led Ginsberg to a New Vision, which he defined in his journal Since art is merely and ultimately self expressive, we conclude that the fullest art, the most individual, uninfluenced, unrepressed, uninhibited expression of art is true expression and the true art Around this time, Ginsberg also had what he referred to as his Blake vision, an auditory hallucination of William Blake reading his poems Ah Sunflower, The Sick Rose, and Little Girl Lost Ginsberg noted the occurrence several times as a pivotal moment for him in his comprehension of the universe, affecting fundamental beliefs about his life and his work While Ginsberg claimed that no drugs were involved, he later stated that he used various drugs in an attempt to recapture the feelings inspired by the vision.In 1954, Ginsberg moved to San Francisco His mentor, William Carlos Williams, introduced him to key figures in the San Francisco poetry scene, including Kenneth Rexroth He also met Michael McClure, who handed off the duties of curating a reading for the newly established 6 Gallery With the help of Rexroth, the result was The 6 Gallery Reading which took place on October 7, 1955 The event has been hailed as the birth of the Beat Generation, in no small part because it was also the first public reading of Ginsberg s Howl, a poem which garnered world wide attention for him and the poets he associated with.Shortly after Howl and Other Poems was published in 1956 by City Lights Bookstore, it was banned for obscenity The work overcame censorship trials, however, and became one of the most widely read poems of the century, translated into than twenty two languages.In the 1960s and 70s, Ginsberg studied under gurus and Zen masters As the leading icon of the Beats, Ginsberg was involved in countless political activities, including protests against the Vietnam War, and he spoke openly about issues that concerned him, such as free speech and gay rights agendas.Ginsberg went on publish numerous collections of poetry, including Kaddish and Other Poems 1961 , Planet News 1968 , and The Fall of America Poems of These States 1973 , which won the National Book Award.In 1993, Ginsberg received the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Minister of Culture He also co founded and directed the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Colorado In his later years, Ginsberg became a Distinguished Professor at Brooklyn College.On April 5, 1997, in New York City, he died from complications of hepatitis.



Comments Selected Poems, 1947-1995

  • henry

    laugh if you want, but this was my bible for many years, and is probably the reason i'm not plowing a tobacco field right now. still carry it with me almost everywhere i go for more than a day or two b/c i just can't imagine being without it.


  • Tessa De Guzman

    Not for the faint of heart: lots of drug use, violence, homoerotic references. You will, however, be transported back to that age--- and if that's a high you're interested in, then it's TOTALLY worth the crash.


  • Ian

    I bought this edition on the day that he died. I was studying abroad in England and was devastated when I got the news. He is not one of my favorite poets, but Ginsberg was instrumental in the lives of some of my favorite authors and musicians. This is a good collection for the beginner.


  • Abby

    Bought it after a friend gave me a mix cd with, among other things, Ginsburg reading "America" set on top of a Tom Waits instrumental. So many more in here that I am just now discovering.


  • Syd

    It was amazing to me how relevant his older poetry is today, especially his poems about Vietnam. One of my favorite poems is "Birdbrain!" If only he could have witnessed this presidency.


  • Neven

    Ginsberg can be terribly entertaining and powerful. He can also be trite and plain unlikable.


  • brendan

    i read HOWLloved itthere are so many reasons that ginsberg is so incredibly well respected, but the epitome would be the work itselfi make a promise with myself to read more


  • Todd

    I got this edition at The City Lights Bookstore. Love it even when I'm wondering, seriously?


  • Param Anand

    Mostly a great selection. Beware the early poems--"America" sticks out--have been revised by the author in ways that dim their light.


  • Edward

    AcknowledgementsApologia of SelectionI. Empty Mirror: Gates of Wrath (1947-1952)--In Society--The Bricklayer's Lunch Hour--The Trembling of the Veil--A Western Ballad--Pull My Daisy--The Shrouded Stranger--Fyodor--Metaphysics--Paterson--The Archetype Poem--Marijuana Notation--A Crazy SpiritualII. The Green Automobile (1953-1954)--The Green Automobile--Green Valentine Blues--Siesta in Xbalba (selections)--Song--In back of the real--On Burroughs' Work--Love Poem on Theme by WhitmanIII. Howl, Befor [...]


  • Cherch

    Libro aún no terminado/////////////////NOTAS DE USO PERSONALHablaré de los poemas más sobresalientes de esta compilación:I EMPTY MIRROR: GATES OF WRATH (1947-1952)–In Society: el perfecto poema para abrir. Ginsberg contextualiza su carácter contestatario de juventud, narrando la forma en la que estalla contra la invitada a una fiesta "beat" que no quiere saludarlo.–The Shrouded Stranger: maravilloso poema, repleto de imágenes potentes "I hide and wait like a naked child / Under the bri [...]


  • Nickdepenpan123

    This review focuses more on the author I guess, but perhaps that's inevitable since most of Ginsberg's work is intensely personal.A cynic with a twenty first century perspective can find so much to dislike in Allen Ginsberg. Yes, he was ahead of his time, and his open-minded values anticipated hippy culture and liberal social attitudes since then. But similarly, many of the ills of the hippy/post-hippy/postmodern world have an antecedent in Allen Ginsberg and his fellow beats.For example, you ge [...]


  • Garth Mailman

    If you’ve heard Howl, the long-form poem that made him famous you get the idea. Kaddish assigned to Naomi Ginsberg, his mad Mother, seems only appropriate in its convoluted wanderings to the madcap woman to whom it is dedicated. ECT, Insulin Shock Treatment, and Lobotomies were all performed in her day. Passing an electric current via electrodes through the brain to cause an epileptic like seizure seems barbaric but is still done in modified form today because as a last ditch solution for extr [...]


  • Nick Black

    America you don're really want to go to war.America it's them bad Russians.Them Russians them Russians and them Chinamen. And them Russians.The Russia wants to eat us alive. The Russia's power mad. She wants to takeour cars from out our garages.Her wants to grab Chicago. Her needs a Red Reader's Digest. her wants ourauto plants in Siberia. Him big bureaucracy running our fillingstations.That no good. Ugh. Him makes Indians learn read. Him need big black niggers.Hah. Her make us all work sixteen [...]


  • Reid

    Howl is good, not great, as a poem. (Part one is pretty great, but the rest loses steam.) As a countercultural force, yeah, Howl was great, and still has some of the same power. Kaddish made me cry for my momma, too, but most of these poems, personally selected through almost his entire career, aren't very good, in my opinion. Many are political, but mostly in a very direct obvious way, and others were so autobiographical as to become almost meaningless in large part, and some were just silly. T [...]


  • Brandon Montgomery

    It's best to enjoy Ginsberg one book at a time. A thin book like Howl and Other Poems gives you a pleasant taste - A couple hundred pages into this, you'll realize it's far too much of a good thing, and you'll become bored well before you come to the (then) new poems at the end.However, if you just want a large volume of Ginsberg's poetry that you can pick up and read from here-and-there, a few poems at a time, your best bet would be Collected Poems 1947-1997 which collects every poem he ever pu [...]


  • Z

    This took me forever. I'm not the type of person that can just sit down and read poetry for hours. But I have to take my words back, I had said I wasn't going to read any other poetry than Nelligan, well. I kind of read this because my professor told me to. I did not enjoy every single poem, expecting sth like that would be unfair, but I enjoyed some of these so much that it makes this a four stars review.What an intelligent, insightful review from someone who studies literature. I know. I'm gon [...]


  • John Kerridge

    When I was trying to act young and cool this book was essential reading - now it holds memories of what a pretentious prat I could be. Still some brilliant pieces in here though, but not his best work. The dark sexuality and violence of this selection becomes boring as you get older.


  • Carolyn Oliveira

    I thought the last few poems in the book were the more interesting ones. I can't honestly say I enjoyed this, though. They say Ginsberg should be performed, not simply read, but I'm not convinced I'm missing out on much.


  • Shawn Sorensen

    Ambitiously intellectual, unafraid poetry. Written in a certain time frame and location (New York), but I won't hold that against Ginsberg. What else was he going to write about? Stream of consciousness writing from someone hungry for knowledge.


  • John

    Ginsberg will make you laugh, cry and arch an eyebrow.


  • Proletariate Marx

    'I'm with you in Rocklandwhere there are twenty-five-thousand mad com-rades all together singing the final stanzas ofthe Internationale"


  • Brian

    Life-changing.


  • Ruth

    I'm not sure this the best of Ginsberg


  • William Young

    This guy completely sucks.


  • Julene

    This is a comprehensive book of Allen's poetry. A must for anyone who wants to read his work. It stands a reference book next to his book of interviews on my shelf.


  • Shannon

    Read #1Started on August 18, 2014Finished on September 9, 20143.5 stars


  • Daphne

    Didn't get past page 70.I don't know if Ginsberg is overrated or if I just don't understand his work.


  • Stinky

    Pick this one, a great anthology of a really interesting author.


  • Vija

    I wish the douche that borrowed this book would give it back


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