Five Quotes (and poem excerpts) from Allen Ginsberg

June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997 

To read his poem Howl in it's entirety or to listen to Allen Ginsberg read his own poem, click here.  

“To gain your own voice, forget about having it heard. Become a saint of your own province and your own consciousness.”

“America I've given you all and now I'm nothing...
I can't stand my own mind.
America when will we end the human war?
Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb.”

“America, the plum blossoms are falling.”

“Tell your secrets. [In reply to the question "How does one become a prophet?"]”

“Well, while I'm here I'll do the work — and what's the work? To ease the pain of living."

OK, two more...

“Brainwash cried Romney, the Governor of Pollution”

“Concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness. You say what you want to say when you don't care who's listening.”

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 Urban Simplicity.