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Howl and Other Poems, by Allen Ginsberg, William Carlos Williams

soupmetaphor's review against another edition

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informative reflective tense

5.0

line_so_fine's review against another edition

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3.0

Jess was reading this when he met Rory. So it's gotta be good, right?

booksaremyjam's review against another edition

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5.0

Gorgeous, soul-rocking poetry.

geniaconstance's review against another edition

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4.0

To be honest, I ardently hate Beat generation for numerous reasons and thus a line must be drawn to separate the art from the artist. For I quite love this collection. It's highly cinematic and relatively accessible. The themes generally revolve around the American dream. Ginsberg voiced his concern towards what America has become through this oeuvre.

America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.

This verse is probably my favourite. It seems so simple and yet very vulnerable. In this specific poem, one sees how the speaker talks to America as if talking to a friend. And that verse sounds like the speaker offers America a help but at the same time the speaker feels like in order to do so, America must first accept the speaker as their true self since lgbtq+ community at the time wasn't very welcome. As shown in A Supermarket in California, America was still holding to the concept of heterosexual families:

Whole families shopping at night! Aisles full of husbands! Wives in the avocados, babies in the tomatoes!

Well, I guess I get down to Beat poetry too.

sunflowermona's review against another edition

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3.0

SONG

“The weight of the world
is love.
Under the burden
of solitude,
under the burden
of dissatisfaction

the weight,
the weight we carry
is love.

Who can deny?
In dreams
it touches
the body,
in thought
constructs
a miracle,
in imagination
anguishes
till born
in human— […]“

(p. 50)

Uneven collection. I like some of the poems but there are also poems which are absolute nonsense imo.

hhhhhggguu's review against another edition

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5.0

howl is a brilliant poem. I wish I had read it much much sooner. it has an incredible frantic rhythm, it seems i couldn't read it fast enough.

pixiejstoner's review against another edition

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3.0

This book was reading hard to rate. There were poems I loved and there were times I think even Allen Ginsberg was tired of his own shit, I never want to hear the words “holy cock” come from a man again

ella__28's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional funny hopeful reflective sad tense fast-paced

5.0

vishnu_balamurugan's review against another edition

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challenging dark mysterious reflective sad tense slow-paced

3.25

jordi's review against another edition

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2.0

Interesante introduccion (para mi) del movimiento Beats.
Entiendo el contexto historico de esto pero no me ha emocionado especialmente.
Creo que no es especialmente bueno y si no fuera por el contexto anteriormente mencionado no seria especialmente conocido.