In spirit of NaPoWriMo or National Poetry Writing Month, I have researched and read more poems than I have, my entire life. Here’s a little of what I learned this last month…
Beat Poetry: Howl by Allen Ginsberg
Beat generation is a group of writers interested in changing consciousness and defying conventional writing.
I have become obsessed with Rent the Musical, just as with (and I mean obsessed enough to write rap songs and poetry) Hamilton: An American Musical. La Vie Boheme is my favourite sequence, because it encapsulates everything of the New York City Artists, Poets, Dancers and Musicians scene, from the ’70s. I have read Patti Smith books, listened to music of that drug fueled creative era… And fighting AIDS.. And all of this, is in the musical, in this one super energetic song.
It makes so many references to sooo many figures and iconic landmarks in literature, music, dance, art, and culture, (some signature cocktails as well I am sure) I have been leafing through each reference, slowly, but surely, thoroughly.
Here I knew of Allen Ginsberg.
Here is Howl by Allen Ginsberg, a Beat poet.
Animation and spoken word poetry with the slightest music works so well, does it not? James Franco performed in this version. It is not perfect. But the animation is by Eric Drooker is.
The complete version follows:
Langston Hughes poems reference explained!
And a Langston Hughes poem, Harlem: