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Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg in New York City, 1987

Allen Ginsberg was the Beat American Buddha Bard for the end of the 20th century. His “Howl” fought censorship in court, revived the oral tradition in America, ignited the Beat generation—rocking, meditative, oracular, individuated, personal, anguished, orgasmic poem.

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Poems of Protest and Revolution

A collection of historical poems of social protest, by Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Wordsworth, Walt Whitman, Edwin Markham, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ella Wheeler Wilcox and Carl Sandburg.

Sports Poetry All Kinds

Baseball and the Olympics are not the only sources of poetry in the sporting world—there are poets all across the world writing about their sports, and here are a few examples.

Hear Allen Ginsberg’s First and Last “Howls”

There is nothing quite like listening to the voice of a poet reading his own poems—and more than 50 years later you can still hear Allen Ginsberg’s first recorded “Howl.”

Ezra Pound

Biographical profile of the great Modernist poet Ezra Pound: genius, anti-Semite, author of cantos and translations, he singlehandedly forced Modernism into vaudeville USA, spun language on ear, cut words to bone, edited T.S. Eliot until he said “Truth.”

Library: Poems by Ezra Pound

Our library of poem texts – selected poems by Ezra Pound, in chronological order.

The Death of Edgar Allan Poe

At both ends of his earthly existence, “Master of the Macabre” Edgar Allan Poe lingered at the threshold between life and death, and mysteries surround his own tragic passage across that threshold at the age of 40.

Experiment escorts us last — by Emily Dickinson

“Experiment escorts us last —” (#1770) by Emily Dickinson

"Faith" is a fine invention by Emily Dickinson

“‘Faith’ is a fine invention” (#185) by Emily Dickinson

The Brain — is wider than the Sky — by Emily Dickinson

“The Brain — is wider than the Sky —” (#632) by Emily Dickinson

The Chemical conviction by Emily Dickinson

“The Chemical conviction” (#954) by Emily Dickinson

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