Howl by Allen Ginsberg

From Allen Ginsberg’s celebrated poem Howl, this infamous litany is a violent meditation, a hurricane of holies that entangles the crude, the sublime and the mundane in a new sacred order

Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy!

    Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy!

The world is holy! The soul is holy! The skin is holy! The nose

    is holy! The tongue and cock and hand and asshole holy!

Everything is holy! everybody’s holy! everywhere is holy!

    everyday is in eternity! Everyman’s an angel!

The bum’s as holy as the seraphim! the madman is holy as you

    my soul are holy!

The typewriter is holy the poem is holy the voice is holy the

    hearers are holy the ecstasy is holy!

Holy Peter holy Allen holy Solomon holy Lucien holy Kerouac

    holy Huncke holy Burroughs holy Cassady holy the

unknown buggered and suffering beggars holy the hideous

    human angels!

Holy my mother in the insane asylum! Holy the cocks of the

    grandfathers of Kansas!

Holy the groaning saxophone! Holy the bop apocalypse! Holy

    the jazzbands marijuana hipsters peace peyote pipes &


Holy the solitudes of skyscrapers and pavements! Holy the

    cafeterias filled with the millions! Holy the mysterious

    rivers of tears under the streets!

Holy the lone juggernaut! Holy the vast lamb of the middle

    class! Holy the crazy shepherds of rebellion! Who digs

    Los Angeles IS Los Angeles!

Holy New York Holy San Francisco Holy Peoria & Seattle Holy

    Paris Holy Tangiers Holy Moscow Holy Istanbul!

Holy time in eternity holy eternity in time holy the clocks

    in space holy the fourth dimension holy the fifth Inter-

    national holy the Angel in Moloch!

Holy the sea holy the desert holy the railroad holy the loco-

    motive holy the visions holy the hallucinations holy the

    miracles holy the eyeball holy the abyss!

Holy forgiveness! mercy! charity! faith! Holy! Ours! bodies!

    suffering! magnanimity!

Holy the supernatural extra brilliant intelligent kindness of the


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