On this day, the renowned Beat Poet and counterculture icon Allen Ginsberg was born in a Newark, New Jersey hospital. Ginsberg grew up in Paterson and later attended classes at Montclair State University before transferring to Columbia University–where he would go on to meet fellow Beats Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.
Recognized as an influential and confessional writer, Ginsberg is also notable for his political and spiritual musings.
In one of Ginsberg’s final interviews before his passing in 1997, he spoke on a few things he had learned along the way:
Things die, and out of it flowers grow, animals feed, worms feed, new things arise, old things fall. It’s an impermanent condition, like in a charnel ground–and that we should look on it, but not be afraid of it, appreciate the place where we are with all the facts.
Come discover some of Mr. Ginsberg’s interesting work here at the Spangler Library!
Howl, and Other Poems; By: Allen Ginsberg (San Fransisco: City Lights Books, 1956).
American Scream : Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and the Making of the Beat Generation; By: Jonah Raskin (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004).
The Letters of Allen Ginsberg (e-book);By: Allen Ginsberg & Bill Morgan (Philadelphia: De Capo Press, 2008)
Ginsberg, A. (2002). Allen Ginsberg: Spontaneous Mind. Carter, David (ed.). New York, NY: HarperCollins.