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Howl on Trial by Bill Morgan
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Jun 11, 2007

it was amazing

How did you know when poetry matters? When the feds try to censor it, naturally. Allen Ginsberg's Howl is not an erotic poem. It's not pornography. It's an all-out assaul, to the rhythms of Walt Whitman and the prayers of the Talmud, on every tender spot in the repressed psyche of 50s Amerika. This riveting book tells the story of the poem, the crazed crack down by the censors, and the courage of one of the nation's great publishers and owner of a small corner bookstore in the heart North Beach--Lawrence Ferlinghetti and City Lights Books. Here's where the 50s end and the 60s began.

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