Monday, September 10, 2007

Celebrating Ginsberg

"The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That's what poetry does." --Allen Ginsberg

Though I missed the annual
Howl Festival (which was abruptly cancelled before the fiftieth anniversary last year) due to a weekend filled with too debauchery keeping in with the spirit of the poem. I did however get a chance to have a reading with a friend, who'd never heard the poem before. There are certain things that are great on their own but better ingested with someone who has never experienced them, such as the New York skyline from the bridge or Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue." It was a great to not only read it but also to hear it again, while making me nostalgic for my younger years filled with late night poetry readings.

To hear some of Ginsberg reading his work go
here (they have a recording of Sunflower Sutra that I have loved for a long time).
Link is broken, go here instead.

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