Allen Ginsberg's Howl & Other Poems was originally published by City Lights Books in the fall of 1956. Subsequently seized by U.S. Customs and the San Francisco police, it was the subject of a long court trial at which a series of poets and professors persuaded the court that the book was not obscene.
An Holy Spirit-less parish priest, a grandchild's possible autism diagnosis, a mother losing her sight, some Beatles, more Baltimore, a happy anniversary to an ex, Apocalypse Now - a new appreciation, a job layoff, cancer and gardening, clematis - a testimony, an overly zealous hotel clerk, a neighbor's suicide attempt, and lots more.
Set against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960s, American Boy explores the trenchant issues of a century just passed: the Vietnam War, the disintegration of family, child abuse, adultery, divorce, the plight of Native Americans, the emergence of jazz, and the loss of innocence. Learn More
The title of this book is taken from Henry Miller's Into The Night Life and expresses the way Lawrence Ferlinghetti felt about these poems when he wrote them during a short period in the 1950s - as if they were, taken together, a kind of Coney Island of the mind, a kind of circus of the soul. Learn More