The Poem That Changed America: Howl Fifty Years Later by Jason ShinderThe Poem That Changed America: Howl Fifty Years Later by Jason Shinder

The Poem That Changed America: Howl Fifty Years Later

EditorJason Shinder

Paperback | March 21, 2006

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A tribute to Ginsberg's signature work, which stirred a generation of angel-headed hipsters to cultural rebellion.

In 1956, City Lights, a small San Francisco bookstore, published Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems with its trademark black-and-white cover. The original edition cost seventy-five cents, but there was something priceless about its eponymous piece. Although it gave a voice to the new generation that came of age in the conservative years following World War II, the poem also conferred a strange, subversive power that continues to exert its influence to this day. Ginsberg went on to become one of the most eminent and celebrated writers of the second half of the twentieth century, and "Howl" became the critical axis of the worldwide literary, cultural, and political movement that would be known as the Beat generation.

The year 2006 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of "Howl," and The Poem That Changed America will celebrate and shed new light on this profound cultural work. With new essays by many of today's most distinguished writers, including Frank Bidart, Andrei Codrescu, Vivian Gornick, Phillip Lopate, Daphne Merkin, Rick Moody, Robert Pinsky, and Luc Sante, The Poem That Changed America reveals the pioneering influence of "Howl" down through the decades and its powerful resonance today.

Jason Shinder (1955-2008) was the author of three poetry collections: Stupid Hope, Among Women, and Every Room We Ever Slept In. He also edited numerous anthologies, including The Poem that Changed America and The Poem I Turn To. Shinder earned a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and founded the YMCA Nation...
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Title:The Poem That Changed America: Howl Fifty Years LaterFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:March 21, 2006Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374173443

ISBN - 13:9780374173449

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

"Howl" by Allen Ginsberg: 1956 Mimeographed Copy

Vivian Gornick, "Wild at Heart"
Mark Doty, "Human Seraphim: 'Howl,' Sex, and Holiness"
Amiri Baraka, "'Howl' and Hail"
Marjorie Perloff, "'A Lost Battalion of Platonic Conversationalists':
'Howl' and the Language of Modernism"
Bob Rosenthal, "A Witness"
Andrei Codrescu, "'Howl' in Transylvania"

Talking Howl 1: Jack Kerouac, Louis Ginsberg, William Carlos Williams, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, M. L. Rosenthal, John Hollander, Judge Clayton Horn

Rick Moody, "On the Granite Steps of the Madhouse with Shaven Heads"
Sven Birkerts, "Not Then, Not Now"
Eileen Myles, "Repeating Allen"
Gordon Ball, "Wopbopgooglemop: 'Howl' and Its Influences
Billy Collins, "My 'Howl'"
Alicia Ostriker, "The Poet as Jew: 'Howl' Revisited"
Kurt Brown, "A Thirteen-Year-Old Cadet"
Phillip Lopate, "'Howl' and Me"

Talking Howl 2: James Dickey, Kenneth Rexroth, Kenneth Patchen, Donald Justice, Richard Eberhart, Anaïs Nin, Reed Whittemore, Czeslaw Milosz

Allen Ginsberg, "I've Lived With and Enjoyed 'Howl'"
Jane Kramer, "The Best Mind"
David Gates, "Welcoming 'Howl' into the Canon"
John Cage, "Writing Through Howl"
Eliot Katz, "Radical Eyes: Political Poetics and 'Howl'"
Marge Piercy, "The Best Bones for Soup Have Meat on Them"

Talking Howl 3: Paul Zweig, Lewis Hyde, Bob Dylan, Michael McClure, Vaclav Havel, Cynthia Ozick, Denise Levertov, Andy Clausen, Antler, Ann Charters, Stanley Kunitz

Luc Sante, "The Ballot of Eternity"
Robert Polito, "Holy the Fifth International"
Carol Muske-Dukes, "'Howl' in and out of Prison"
Frank Bidart, "A Cross in the Void"
Robert Pinsky, "No Picnic"
Anne Waldman, "Premises of Consciousness"

Chronology
About the Contributors
Acknowledgments