Selected Poems 1947-1995 .

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Assembled by Allen Ginsberg, Selected Poems 1947-1995 is the definitive collection of the best works of one of the most influential and revolutionary poets of the twentieth century.

Allen Ginsberg, famous for helping catalyze the Beat Generation, wrote poetry for more than fifty years. His innovative verse and provocative attitudes of spiritual, political, and sexual liberation inspired countless poets, musicians, and visual and performance artists worldwide, and helped shape several generations' views of the world.

Selected Poems 1947-1995 commemorates Ginsberg's brilliant career as one of America's most distinguished poets. Here are well-known masterpieces such as the lyric "Howl" and the narrative "Kaddish" -- classic works of American literature -- as well as more recent gems, including the long dream poem "White Shroud," the visionary "After Lalon," and the political rock lyric "The Ballad of the Skeletons," a song he recorded in 1996 with a stellar band that included Philip Glass, Lenny Kaye, and Paul McCartney.

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Chosen by Ginsberg himself, this selection, in his words, "summarizes what I deem most honest, most penetrant of my writing". Ranging from early works such as "Paterson" (1949) to more recent uncollected poems, this volume brings together nearly 50 years of his verse.

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"Brilliantly astute...Here is a poet who has earned our love."-- "Boston Globe"Taken all together, Ginsber's poems are X-rays of a considerable part of American society during the last four decades."-- "The New Yorker"The new generation reading "Selected Poems will find...that Ginsberg's force field of language still exerts a powerful imaginative pressure."-- Helen Vendler, "The New Yorker

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