Allen Ginsberg & Lawrence Ferlinghetti
De Young Museum, San Francisco, 1966
photo by Tom McIntyre
Ferlinghetti (1919 - )
Sometimes during eternity some guys show up and one of them who shows up real late is a kind of carpenter from square-type place like Galilee and he starts wailing and claiming he is hip to who made heaven and earth and that the cat who really laid it on us is his Dad And moreover he adds It's all writ down on some scroll-type parchments which some henchmen leave lying around the Dead Sea somewheres a long time ago and which you won't even find for a coupla thousand years or so or at least for nineteen hundred and fortyseven of them to be exact and even then nobody really believes them or me for that matter You're hot they tell him And they cool him They stretch him on the Tree to cool And everybody after that is always making models of his Tree with Him hung up and always crooning His name and calling Him to come down and sit in on their combo as if he is the king cat who's got to blow or they can't quite make it Only he don't come down from His Tree Him just hang there on His Tree looking real Petered out and real cool and also according to a roundup of late world news from the usual unreliable sources real dead S O M E T I M E S during . eternity Lferlinghetti!A Ferlinghetti of the Web
San Francisco Collector of Customs deserves a word of thanks for seizing Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems thereby rendering it famous. Perhaps we could have a medal made. It would have taken years for critics to accomplish what the good collector did in a day, merely by calling the book obscene.
LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI San Francisco Chronicle
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1955 Poets Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti bring the Beat Generation to the airwaves. A few years later the FCC questions Pacifica Radio's broadcast of some of their works as "vulgar, obscene and in bad taste."