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  1. TrackingWriters, RequiredPoetry, BeatGeneration. SanFranciscoCalifornia. SeeAlso PacificaRadio, SixGallery.
  2. = by =
  3. "Howl":
  4. I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by
  5. madness, starving hysterical naked,
  6. dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn
  7. looking for an angry fix,
  8. angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly
  9. connection to the starry dynamo in the machin-
  10. ery of night,
  11. who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat
  12. up smoking in the supernatural darkness of
  13. cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities
  14. contemplating jazz,
  15. who bared their brains to Heaven under the El and
  16. saw Mohammedan angels staggering on tene-
  17. ment roofs illuminated,
  18. who passed through universities with radiant cool eyes
  19. hallucinating Arkansas and Blake-light tragedy
  20. among the scholars of war,
  21. who were expelled from the academies for crazy &
  22. publishing obscene odes on the windows of the
  23. skull,
  24. who cowered in unshaven rooms in underwear, burn-
  25. ing their money in wastebaskets and listening
  26. to the Terror through the wall,
  27. who got busted in their pubic beards returning through
  28. Laredo with a belt of marijuana for New York,
  29. who ate fire in paint hotels or drank turpentine in
  30. Paradise Alley, death, or purgatoried their
  31. torsos night after night
  32. ...
  33. = about =
  34. [http://www.writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/50s/ginsberg-fbi.html Allen Ginsberg's FBI file]:
  35. :In a memorandum from Hoover to the Secret Service in 1965, Ginsberg was cited as an "Internal Security--Cuba" case, and a potential threat to the president of the United States. On the document, stamped Secret, Ginsberg was listed as "potentially dangerous" and a "subversive," with "evidence of emotional instability (including unstable residence and employment record) or irrational or suicidal behavior," as having made "expressions of strong or violent anti U.S. sentiment," and as having "a propensity for violence and antipathy toward good order and government." All such items were checked on a form in his file.
  36. = other stuff =
  37. * [http://www.allenginsberg.org/ Official Ginsberg trust site]
  38. * [http://www.levity.com/corduroy/ginsberg/home.htm Ashes & Blues]