San Francisco 1955, at 6 Gallery - Allen Ginsberg shares Howl for the first time. Burroughs: “the Howl of distorted, suffocating youth”.
Birth Of The Cool reveals that Allen Ginsberg’s main influences were Walt Whitman – that “great personal Colossus of American poetry” – and William Carlos Williams who taught the Beats “No ideas but in things”. Williams had advised Ginsberg to create poetry out of everyday speech and free himself from traditional forms. He read the first draft of Howl, and said “You’ve got it!” and wrote an introduction for publication.