Allen Ginsberg’s "Howl"

was the poem that changed America.

1955 in San Francisco at the 6 Gallery, Allen Ginsberg read "Howl" to a live audience and kick-started the Beat Generation.

Jack Kerouac was there, as was Lawrence Ferlinghetti. "Howl" was a stunning success, and the subsequent obscenity trial made it and the beat poets centred around this poem a world-wide sensation.

50 years later Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" is still raging and inspiring. It speaks to what led the beat poets to choose alienation. It is no coincidence that the 60s voices of rebellion, crying out for social change soon followed. This one work that defined the beat generation started it.