'Howl' by Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)

In his first book of poems called "Howl," Ginsberg quickly became the focus of censorship efforts, but persevered to become the creator of one of the most famous works of poetry in the 20th century.

The audio is taken from the book "Howl: The Poem that Changed America" by Jason Shinder

Copyright 2006 by the Allen Ginsberg Trust.

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