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Allen Ginsberg
American poet and novelist
(1926-97)



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What if someone gave a wa & Nobody came?
Life would ring the bells of Ecstacy and Forever be itself again.
--'Graffiti' (1972)

I 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,
-- Howl and Other Poems (1956)

What thoughts have I of you tonight, Walt Whitman, for I walked
down the sidestreets under the trees with a headache self-
conscious looking at the new moon.
-- ' A Supermarket in California' (1956)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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