He was later released when Ginsberg, sporting a black eye, refused to press charges. Relationship to Communism He talked openly about his connections with Communism and his admiration for past heroes of Communism and the labor movement at a time in America when the Red Scare and McCarthyism were recent memories. Later he travelled to several Communist countries to promote free speech. He claimed Communist countries, China for example, welcomed him in because they thought he was an enemy of Capitalism but often turned against him when they saw him as a trouble maker. Many important figures from Communist Bloc countries such as Vaclav Havel point to Ginsberg as an important inspiration to strive for freedom.
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I am always fascinated by writers who break taboos; writers who are unapologeticly themselves. Writers who manage to capture split seconds and the zeitgeist of a whole generation within a few lines.
Ginsberg is one of the most gifted poets I ever had the pleasure of reading from. His lyrical style is unconventional and unpredictable. He left me wanting more. His words are brutal, dirty and not for the faint of heart. He is a writer who is so clearly trapped and controlled by his time, and yet writes in such a timeless fashion. It makes my head spin. Words are manifold. Writers like Ginsberg show how they can be put to use. The sensation he creates — the feeling of oppression, relief, and lack of self-care — are gripping and true-to-life.
For some that part may be buried and hidden away but Ginsberg will tease it out. I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night, who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz,.
Kaddish and Other Poems
Background[ edit ] The lead poem " Kaddish " also known as "Kaddish for Naomi Ginsberg ", was written in two parts written by Beat writer Allen Ginsberg, was first published in Kaddish and Other Poems Ginsberg wrote the poem about his mother Naomi after her death in , who struggled with mental problems throughout her life. Naomi suffered many psychotic episodes both before Allen was born and while he was growing up. She went in and out of mental hospitals and was treated with medication, insulin shock therapy, and electroshock therapy.
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Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems
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