Friday, June 15, 2012

"Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness." Allen Ginsberg

Irwin Allen Ginsberg (play /ˈɡɪnzbərɡ/; June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet and one of the leading figures of the Beat Generation in the 1950s. He vigorously opposed militarism,materialism and sexual repression. Ginsberg is best known for his epic poem "Howl", in which he celebrated his fellow "angel-headed hipsters" and harshly denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States. This poem is one of the classic poems of the Beat Generation.


Anonymous said...

Why must you use this over-used meme and perpetuate it? - so many other beautiful Ginsberg lines one could quote, one could spotlight.
Here's the background to this quote (interestng sleuthing) on the Ginsberg blog: (
and so what if he does actually kinda say it!
And while I'm being a stickler for accuracy (as I'm sure Ginsberg himself would be), did he actually say "Whoever controls the media, images, control the mind"?
A Friendly Curmedgeon

Last Word Books said...

Thanks so much for 'illuminating' this issue, I wasn't aware that it was a point of contention... but I also happen to have a copy of that old writer's digest in my 'beat trunk', though I never would have put all that together.