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Ginsberg Howls on IndieFeed

By February 20, 2009

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The IndieFeed Performance Poetry Podcast recently marked its milestone 500th episode with a special anniversary podcast showcasing the earliest full recording of “Howl (for Carl Solomon)” by Allen Ginsberg. They’ve been going strong since 2006, three poem-casts a week, works by more than 200 diverse poets, including poetry slam powerhouses such as Patricia Smith, Beau Sia, Taylor Mali, and Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz; cowboy poets such as Linda Hasselstrom, John Dofflemyer and Paul Zarzyski; contemporary greats such as Mark Doty and Kim Addonizio; and even historical recordings of legendary icons such Sylvia Plath, Gregory Corso and Jack Kerouac. This is the second Ginsberg poem to be heard on IndieFeed — his “America” was podcast in 2006 to mark the 50th anniversary of its original 1956 recording. Bravo!

Our audio library:
Links to more audio poetry archives & podcasts for online poetry listening

More on Allen Ginsberg:
Allen Ginsberg, Beat American Buddha Bard, by Bob Holman
Our profile of Ginsberg
The Bard His Own Self: Allen Ginsberg says “That’s all Goodnight”
Encounters with Allen Ginsberg, by Bart Plantenga

On Ginsberg’s poetry:
Allen Ginsberg’s American Sentences, an introduction to his variation on haiku
Chorus of Poets Gather for “Howl” Celebration: the 50th anniversary, an account by Teresa Conboy
You can read the poem in print or listen to it on the Internet — but you won’t hear it on the radio — “Howl” (October 2007)
Hear Ginsberg’s first “Howl” — 1956 recording discovered at Reed College (February 2008)


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