Ginsberg, Allen (1926 – 97)
Indian Journals: March 1962-May 1963 – Dave Haselwood Books/City Lights Books, 1970; trade paperback.
On the title page Ginsberg has penned his name and dated it 6/12/75. He has also added a Peace symbol, the word PEACE, and his initials at the bottom.
American poet and one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the counterculture that soon would follow. He vigorously opposed militarism, economic materialism and sexual repression. Ginsberg is best known for his epic poem “Howl”, in which he denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States.
Indian Journals are notebook writings sketches dream fragments night thoughts afternoon reveries Kodak snapshots Optical & verbal: hymns to Kali, political rvings, one-line pensees, doodles, description in detail of opium Dens in Calcutta & Bombay; fragments of conversation with beggars, poets, Babas, newsmen, lovers; paragraphs of letters, ganja-grass high notations on moving trains and in burning grounds…