"Howl," by Allen Ginsberg.
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Allen Ginsberg wrote “Howl” in 1955. This piece was included as a part of a collection called Howl and Other Poems, published in 1956 by San Francisco’s City Lights Bookstore. “Howl” was banned for obscenity shortly after. The ban was lifted after it was declared to have artistic value. “Howl” is challenging, edgy and intelligent. It is an uncouth commentary on social ideologies including religion and politics, sex and war. I recommend “Howl” to anyone who craves an adventure, a history lesson and an emotional cataclysm wrapped into one.
~Carly Hanson, UW-Eau Claire student, English 348
April is National Poetry Month! UW-Eau Claire students in English 348 (Topics in American Literature) are celebrating National Poetry Month with the McIntyre Library.
Featured poems will be listed here in the order they appear on the blog.