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on 4 January 2013
Saw the movie and had to read the original - absolutely brilliant and pocket sized. A lovely little treat at a good price and quick delivery.
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on 29 November 2014
Read beyond the controversy. It is terrific.
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on 2 February 2011
A compact and economical selection of Ginsberg's poems, including the title poem Howl.
For Ginsberg fans, nothing to say.
For those who are too young to have lived the 'Beat Generation' but were made curious by the film Howl (directed by Friedman & Epstein), as I was, a fantastic opportunity to dig deeper ..... I saw the film, bought the book and read all the poems, went back and saw the film a second time (having bought the dvd - it is a film which only improves on watching a second time....)
The sort of book for wandering round parks and reading aloud.... or reading slowly and fantasising.... just listening to the rhythm of the words....
Love it or hate it - interesting in any case
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'Howl' is a short book of poetry, but each poem enclosed hits you with full force and intensity. They open you up to feeling and for that brief moment in time you are completely immersed in the world Ginsberg creates. I'm unaware of the controversy surrounding these poems, but all I can say is that these are some great poems that deserve to be read by a much wider audience. Poetry is a unique and powerful experience (both reading and writing) and this collection is no different. Well worth a look.

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on 25 March 2013
Bought this as an introduction to Ginsberg's poetry and loved flicking through the pages reading a poem a day. Very small book but classic.
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on 3 August 1999
Allen Ginsberg's HOWL and Other Poems does what true poetry is supposed to do...break all barriers. It does that in a way unmatched by any other book of poetry. Poetry is written for self sepression...so that we can carry on in collective individualism. Not only does Ginsberh thoroughly express himself in these hiply fresh poems, but he gives us the keys to his soul...he unlocks the jambs. Squares would squeal, and yet, he did was poetry was intended to do...reveal the soul's deepest thoughts. Dig it.
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on 18 March 2016
This, as one would expect from a poetry book once the subject of a long court trial on it's possible obscenity, is a pocket book full of anger very well expressed. Howl is a roar of rage against the culture of drug taking which 'destroyed the best minds' of Ginsberg's generation. Ginsberg watched his friends descend into madness, starving ,dragging themselves through the streets at dawn, ever in search of the next fix. Ginsberg's pain and impotent rage burns through every page of this little book, first published in 1956 - and yet still so relevant in these times. A masterpiece.
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on 13 June 2014
There are pleanty of sources and commentaries available throughout the web and otherwise on The Howl, so I will not try and go into too much detail here. Basically it is a mental free-flow that howver has a consistency and coherency which however you cannot exactly put your finger on. It is not for everyone and a friend I suggested it to said it was "incomprehensible garbage". So be it, to some it will seem as such. To others, however, it is a truly unique piece of art. Art meant in its deepest of forms.
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on 1 August 2001
This CD comprises of Ginsberg reading a selection of the poems from Ginsberg's Howl & other poems including an unabridged live recording of Howl.
The sound quality is good, the words are audible and clear though it is by no means a pristine studio reading (hence no 5 stars).
By listening to this you can get a sense of the fervour and energy Ginsberg had about his poetry. This is what the Beat Generation was about and you can hear it rather than try and work it out from the biographies and second hand accounts.
This is good stuff and I'd recommed it to anyone.
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on 19 March 1999
Having had the unique pleasure of hearing him read HOWL in the FAC at Umass-Amherst, amongst many of his lesser works, i was moved often to tears. He told all 1000 or so of us young minds that because we gathered here for him he would read Howl for the first time in many years. This was one of his last appearances as he sat there a much older and frail man, he died nearly a year later. It was an experience i will remember till my dying day.
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