"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, br
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, angelhead hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,
who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz..."
©HOWL by Allen Ginsberg, first published by City Lights Books and reprinted with permission of the Wylie Agency.
Presented to San Francisco on the 50th Anniversary of the first full-length public reading of HOWL at the Six Gallery.
October 7, 2005
San Francisco salutes the Beat Generation poets Jack Kerouac, Philip Lamantia, Michael McClure, Kenneth Rexroth, Garry Snyder, and Philip Whalen.
By Supervisor Michela Aliota-Pier and Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights Books.