Meet Allen Ginsberg— National Poetry Month Featured Poet for April 10th

Renowned poet, world traveler, spiritual seeker, founding member of a major literary movement, champion of human and civil rights, photographer and songwriter, political gadfly, teacher and co-founder of a poetics school. Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997) defied simple classification.

Poets are commonly known only within their circles of readerships but like Walt Whitman, Ginsberg’s name was recognizable to millions who had never read so much as a single word of his poetry. Like Whitman, the foundation of Ginsberg’s work was the notion that one’s individual thoughts and experiences resonated among the masses. “It occurs to me that I am America”, Ginsberg wrote, and while the statement was intended to be humorous, it also illustrated his idea that democracy begins with the raising of a single voice. At the height of his celebrity, Allen Ginsberg was, arguably, as symbolic of America — or at least a large segment of the country — as anyone.



The Allen Ginsberg Project

Allen Ginsberg, The Art of Poetry №8, Interviewed by Thomas Clark in The Paris Review

Allen Ginsberg Talks About Poetry, By Kenneth Koch

Allen Ginsberg’s 1992 High Times Interview

Poetry On-Line:


Footnote to Howl




A Supermarket In California

Father Death Blues

Five A.M.

Haiku (Never Published)

Cia Dope Calypso

Death & Fame

An Eastern Ballad


A Western Ballad

Sunflower Sutra


Please Master

The Lion For Real



Haiku (Never Published)

A Desolation

Five A.M.

Father Death Blues (Don’t Grow Old, Part V)

In Back Of The Real

Feb. 29, 1958

September On Jessore Road

Making The Lion For All It’s Got — A Ballad

When The Light Appears

First Party At Ken Kesey’s With Hell’s Angels

Wild Orphan

Hum Bom!

Cosmopolitan Greetings


CIA Dope Calypso

In The Baggage Room At Greyhound

Psalm IV

Crossing Nation

War Profit Litany

Those Two

Nagasaki Days

Plutonian Ode

Transcription Of Organ Music

An Asphodel

136 Syllables At Rocky Mountain Dharma Center

Fourth Floor, Dawn, Up All Night Writing Letters