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As Cowen had felt a strong attraction to darker poetry most of the time, Beat poetry seemed to provide an allure to what suggests a shadowy side of her persona. While at Barnard, Cowen earned the nickname "Beat Alice" as she had joined a small group of anti-establishment artists and visionaries known to outsiders as beatniks, and one of her first acquaintances at the college was the beat poet Joyce Johnson who later portrayed Cowen in her books, including "Minor Characters" and Come and Join the Dance, which expressed the two women's experiences in the Barnard and Columbia Beat community.
Through his association with Elise Cowen, Ginsberg discovered that they shared a mutual friend, Carl Solomon, to whom he later dedicated his most famous poem "Howl".
This poem is considered an autobiography of Ginsberg up toand a brief history of the Beat Generation through its references to his relationship to other Beat artists of that time. At first, Ginsberg claimed to have heard the voice of God, but later interpreted the voice as that of Blake himself reading Ah! The experience lasted several days. Ginsberg believed that he had witnessed the interconnectedness of the universe.
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He looked at lattice-work on the fire escape and realized some hand had crafted that; he then looked at the sky and intuited that some hand had crafted that also, or rather, that the sky was the hand that crafted itself. He explained that this hallucination was not inspired by drug use, but said he sought to recapture that feeling later with various drugs.
Or that God was in front of my eyes - existence itself was God" and "And it was a sudden awakening into a totally deeper real universe than I'd been existing in. There, Ginsberg also met three budding poets and Zen enthusiasts who had become friends at Reed College: Winansand William Margolis, Ginsberg was one of the founders of the Beatitude poetry magazine.
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At first, Ginsberg refused, but once he had written a rough draft of "Howl", he changed his "fucking mind", as he put it. One of the most important events in Beat mythos, known simply as "The Six Gallery reading " took place on October 7, Of more personal significance to Ginsberg, the reading that night included the first public presentation of "Howl", a poem that brought worldwide fame to Ginsberg and to many of the poets associated with him.
An account of that night can be found in Kerouac's novel The Dharma Bumsdescribing how change was collected from audience members to buy jugs of wine, and Ginsberg reading passionately, drunken, with arms outstretched. Ginsberg's principal work, "Howl", is well known for its opening line: Shortly after its publication by San Francisco's City Lights Bookstoreit was banned for obscenity.
Horn declared the poem to possess redeeming artistic value. Ginsberg also later claimed that at the core of "Howl" were his unresolved emotions about his schizophrenic mother. Though "Kaddish" deals more explicitly with his mother, "Howl" in many ways is driven by the same emotions. He begins the poem with "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness", which sets the stage for Ginsberg to describe Cassady and Solomon, immortalizing them into American literature.
In the poem, Ginsberg focused on "Carl Solomon! I'm with you in Rockland", and, thus, turned Solomon into an archetypal figure searching for freedom from his "straightjacket". Though references in most of his poetry reveal much about his biography, his relationship to other members of the Beat Generation, and his own political views, "Howl", his most famous poem, is still perhaps the best place to start. They were soon joined by Burroughs and others. It was a productive, creative time for all of them.
This period was documented by the photographer Harold Chapmanwho moved in at about the same time, and took pictures constantly of the residents of the "hotel" until it closed in During —, Ginsberg and Orlovsky travelled extensively across India, living half a year at a time in Calcutta now Kolkata and Benares Varanasi. Also during this time, he formed friendships with some of the prominent young Bengali poets of the time including Shakti Chattopadhyay and Sunil Gangopadhyay. Ginsberg had several political connections in India; most notably Pupul Jayakar who helped him extend his stay in India when the authorities were eager to expel him.
England and the International Poetry Incarnation[ edit ] In MayGinsberg arrived in London, and offered to read anywhere for free. The event was organized by Ginsberg's friend, the filmmaker Barbara Rubin.
A book featuring images from the film and some of the poems that were performed was also published under the same title by Lorrimer in the UK and Grove Press in US. Continuing literary activity[ edit ] Ginsberg with his partner, poet Peter Orlovsky. Photo taken in Though the term "Beat" is most accurately applied to Ginsberg and his closest friends Corso, Orlovsky, Kerouac, Burroughs, etc.
A key feature of this term seems to be a friendship with Ginsberg. Friendship with Kerouac or Burroughs might also apply, but both writers later strove to disassociate themselves from the name "Beat Generation. Ginsberg never claimed to be the leader of a movement.
He claimed that many of the writers with whom he had become friends in this period shared many of the same intentions and themes. Some of these friends include: LeRoi Jones before he became Amiri Barakawho, after reading "Howl", wrote a letter to Ginsberg on a sheet of toilet paper. Ginsberg gave his last public reading at Booksmitha bookstore in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, a few months before his death. He had started incorporating chanting the Hare Krishna mantra into his religious practice in the mids.
After learning that A. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupadathe founder of the Hare Krishna movement in the Western world had rented a store front in New York, he befriended him, visiting him often and suggesting publishers for his books, and a fruitful relationship began.
This relationship is documented by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami in his biographical account Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta. Ginsberg donated money, materials, and his reputation to help the Swami establish the first temple, and toured with him to promote his cause. January 17, Despite disagreeing with many of Bhaktivedanta Swami's required prohibitionsGinsberg often sang the Hare Krishna mantra publicly as part of his philosophy  and declared that it brought a state of ecstasy. Along with other counterculture ideologists like Timothy Leary, Gary Snyderand Alan WattsGinsberg hoped to incorporate Bhaktivedanta Swami and his chanting into the hippie movement, and agreed to take part in the Mantra-Rock Dance concert and to introduce the swami to the Haight-Ashbury hippie community.
It featured some leading rock bands of the time: Ginsberg introduced Bhaktivedanta Swami to some three thousand hippies in the audience and led the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. Music and chanting were both important parts of Ginsberg's live delivery during poetry readings. It is believed that the Hindi and Buddhist poet Nagarjuna had introduced Ginsberg to the harmonium in Banaras.
According to Malay Roy ChoudhuryGinsberg refined his practice while learning from his relatives, including his cousin Savitri Banerjee. According to Richard Brookhiseran associate of Buckley's, the host commented that it was "the most unharried Krishna I've ever heard. Ginsberg came in touch with the Hungryalist poets of Bengalespecially Malay Roy Choudhury, who introduced Ginsberg to the three fishes with one head of Indian emperor Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar.
The three fishes symbolised coexistence of all thought, philosophy and religion. In the s, Ginsberg suffered two minor strokes which were first diagnosed as Bell's palsywhich gave him significant paralysis and stroke-like drooping of the muscles in one side of his face. Later in life, he also suffered constant minor ailments such as high blood pressure.
Many of these symptoms were related to stress, but he never slowed down his schedule. Ginsberg continued to help his friends as much as he could, going so far as to give money to Herbert Huncke out of his own pocket, and housing a broke and drug addicted Harry Smith.
After returning home from the hospital for the last time, where he had been unsuccessfully treated for congestive heart failureGinsberg continued making phone calls to say goodbye to nearly everyone in his addressbook.
Some of the phone calls, including one with Johnny Deppwere sad and interrupted by crying, and others were joyous and optimistic. He was 70 years old. Invarious writers, including Catfish McDaris read at a gathering at Ginsberg's farm to honor Allen and the beatniks. In the mids, no reputable publishing company would even consider publishing "Howl". At the time, such "sex talk" employed in "Howl" was considered by some to be vulgar or even a form of pornography, and could be prosecuted under law.
Numerous books that discussed sex were banned at the time, including Lady Chatterley's Lover. After which I rise, caress her placid face, which is still damp With joy, and from her head unscrew her eyes Like bulbs out of the sockets of a lamp.
Kerouac and Ginsberg stun us with their frankness, bewitching us with an all-seeing eye, a revelatory time travel illuminating sudden spectacles of intelligence, wit and uttervulnerability. When Ginsberg writes a letter on October 14,he has already passed through the Blakean fire that possessed him the previous summer. By the end of the year he is ready to take the hand he is dealt and comprehend from the incomprehensible that which will allow him to conjure from chaos a new world of creation.
It is lateand Kerouac is deep into the throes of polishing a novel. He has already been wandering the feverish road in a marijuana haze, he conjures anew his memories of being lost with Cassady in deep mystery swamps, or deserted by Cassady when he is sick in the hallucinogenic Mexican deserts. Swarming visions of dark endless highways can easily become the back drop, he just needs to people them with characters.
There are loves, lost loves, and of those left behind to someday come back and pick up where he left off. There is also the sensual mystery of a beautiful Latina girl.
Though he uses the letters of others to give his novel veracity, he does avoid resurrecting ties with Franco. She writes him on October 25, I include a letter here, to illustrate the power of letters to change history and bring perspective to a past we think we know all too well. My dearest Loveing Jackie: I bet your mom, will be there waiting at the door with her arms, ready to welcome you back.
I wish I were there also, next to her. I missed you, even before you said good by. You say its pretty hard, but, even then, I would have gone, willingly.
And I will save as much money as I can, then I will be able to come to see you, and your lovely mother, for Christmas I will bring you both a little gift. I hope you have that little Xmass tree, by the window, waiting.
What all the things you can do with it. Ice Cream any time you want. And I promise you, that I will save all the Monday I can. Because I really want to spend the Holidays in new york. Gabrielle Kerouac, the God-fearing xenophobe, has no good use for Mexicans or Blacks, or Jews for that matter, as Ginsberg will come to know all too well. Kerouac keeps his girls city side, tucked safely away from where he lives with his mother.
When he locks into focus at Ozone Park, he attempts testy forays of his road novel through the keys of his typewriter or urgently spills words at the end of his pencil.
Kerouac, like Ginsberg, knows time.