This video is sacred. It’s not meant to be watched, but listened to. Allan Ginsberg’s poetry—like all good poetry—is meant to be heard.
Ginsberg’s humor and creativity with language demonstrates how poetry can articulate a generation in fewer words than prose. It makes you laugh, it makes you scared, and when it’s done, it makes you wonder where the spirit of the Beats went.
Although I enjoyed Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Howl documentary that was shown at TIFF, the film focused too closely on the obscenity trial that Howl’s publisher faced and not enough on the poem itself. The poem is the story.
This poem is meant to trouble you. Allow the language to unearth non-meaning, and allow yourself to be troubled.