23 June 2016

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 &

    drums!

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

    soul!

  • Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems

    Penguin Modern Classics

  • Allen Ginsberg was the bard of the beat generation, and Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems is a collection of his finest work published in Penguin Modern Classics, including 'Howl', whose vindication at an obscenity trial was a watershed moment in twentieth-century history.

    'I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked'

    Beat movement icon and visionary poet, Allen Ginsberg broke boundaries with his fearless, pyrotechnic verse. This new collection brings together the famous poems that made his name as a defining figure of the counterculture. They include the apocalyptic 'Howl', which became the subject of an obscenity trial when it was first published in 1956; the moving lament for his dead mother, 'Kaddish'; the searing indictment of his homeland, 'America'; and the confessional 'Mescaline'. Dark, ecstatic and rhapsodic, they show why Ginsberg was one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century.

    Allen Ginsberg (1926-97) was an American poet, best known for the poem 'Howl' (1956), celebrating his friends of the Beat Generation and attacking what he saw as the destructive forces of materialism and conformity in the United States at the time. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, won the National Book Award for The Fall of America and was a co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute, the first accredited Buddhist college in the Western world.

    If you enjoyed Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems, you might like Jack Kerouac's On the Road, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

    'The poem that defined a generation'
    Guardian on 'Howl'

    'He avoids nothing but experiences it to the hilt'
    William Carlos Williams

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