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Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and raw, Oct. 6 2006
The poem "Howl" actually appeared in a college reader that was required of us---believe it or not. I was shocked but pleased to see that freedom of speech was still somewhat alive, given the unorthadox nature of the poem and the profanity that was used (quite creatively in it). Talk about ahead of your time! This is one of the most powerful poems (Howl) that you will ever run across. Ginsberg takes his cue from Whitman, only carries it much further--like Whitman in present day--on drugs. Of the three books I've recently read: McCrae's "Katzenjammer," and Jack K's "On the Road," Ginsberg's was the most powerful. Not for the faint of heart, it is nevertheless a great poem that will haunt… Read more
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book first appeared in 1957---I read it in 1976, and have now re-read it in 2006. Strange, but it holds up well, yet is dated. A time capsule really, this is a throw back to the "beat" days and a first stab at autobiography. Sald Paradis sis the narrator of this journey, and it covers everything from reform school to hitchhiking. Full of beautiful and disturbing "music" this has now become a classic. So many writers can be connected with Jack K., and certainly Salinger's "Holden" comes to mind with his wacy takes on life and his own "journey." Must also recommend the excellent novel, "Katzenjammer" by Jackson McCrae, for another excellent book.