Happy 88th Birthday, Allen Ginsberg!

3 Jun

ginsbergAllen Ginsberg at the Miami Bookfair International on November 7, 1985. Photo by MDCarchives via Wikipedia.

 

Today would’ve been Allen Ginsberg’s eighty-eighth birthday, and in honor of the Jersey-born poet’s powerful and beautiful work we asked people on the Burning Furiously Beautiful facebook page what their favorite Ginsberg poem was. I’ve loved hearing the results! So far we’ve heard:

My favorite is “Sunflower Sutra,” in which Ginsberg writes about Kerouac and him sitting under the shadow of a train as the sun set and spying a dried up sunflower amdist the machinery. The line “when did you forget you were a / flower?” slays me every time.

What’s your favorite poem by Allen Ginsberg? Leave it in the comments below or on the Burning Furiously Beautiful facebook page.

Want to read more about Ginsberg on his birthday?

And if you’ve ever been curious about how Allen Ginsberg met Jack Kerouac in the first place, you can read all about the early origins of the key people who came to represent the Beat Generation but who are all really so much more than that in Burning Furiously Beautiful.

 

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2 Responses to “Happy 88th Birthday, Allen Ginsberg!”

  1. jymwrites June 7, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    My favorite would have to be “Howl”. I would also like to add a memory of Allen Ginsberg. He had a booksigning at a downtown Chicago bookstore and I took my copy the City Lights edition of “Howl” he was kind enough to sign it, and I told him I was a writer and he asked about that and offered a bit of advice, he was nice and cool. Some times it’s cool to meet your idols.

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