Howl and Other Poems
Howl and Other Poems
Pocket Poets Number 4

The epigraph for Howl is from Walt Whitman: "Unscrew the locks from the doors!/Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs!" Announcing his intentions with this ringing motto, Allen Ginsberg published a volume of poetry which broke so many social taboos that copies were impounded as obscene, and the publisher, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, was arrested. The court case that followed found for Ginsberg and his publisher, and the publicity made both the poet and the book famous. Ginsberg went on from this beginning to become a cultural icon of sixties radicalism. This works seminal place in the culture is indicated in Czeslaw Milosz's poetic tribute to Ginsberg: "Your blasphemous howl still resounds in a neon desert where the human tribe wanders, sentenced to unreality".

Title Howl and Other Poems
Subtitle Pocket Poets Number 4
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Title First Published 01 June 1956
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 56 p.
ISBN-10 0872863107
ISBN-13 9780872863101
Publication Date 1996
Main content page count 56
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $12.95
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 57 p.
ISBN-10 0872860175
ISBN-13 9780872860179
Publication Date 01 June 1956
Main content page count 57
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $7.95

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