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Holy Soul and Jelly Roll: Poems And Songs. Caw! Caw!


Irwin Allen Ginsberg was born in Newark, New Jersey, to a high school teacher father who published poetry and a Russian-born mother who retained her communist roots. Ginsberg's willingness to talk about taboo subjects made him a controversial figure during the conservative 1950s and a significant figure in the 1960s. In the mid-1950s, no reputable publishing company would even consider publishing "Howl". At the time, such "sex talk" employed in "Howl" was considered by some to be vulgar or even a form of pornography, and could be prosecuted under the law. Numerous books that discussed sex were banned at the time, including Lady Chatterley's Lover. The sex that Ginsberg described did not portray the sex between heterosexual married couples, or even longtime lovers. Instead, Ginsberg portrayed casual sex. His later volumes of poetry included Planet News; The Fall of America: Poems of These States, which won the National Book Award; Mind Breaths: Poems; and White Shroud: Poems. From the study of his idols and mentors and the inspiration of his friends - not to mention his own experiments - Ginsberg developed an individualistic style that's easily identified as Ginsbergian. Ginsberg stated that Whitman's long line was a dynamic technique few other poets had ventured to develop further, and Whitman is also often compared to Ginsberg because their poetry sexualized aspects of the male form. You can listen online to free English audiobook “Holy Soul and Jelly Roll: Poems And Songs. Caw! Caw!” by Allen Ginsberg on our website.

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