"whole first week of Withdrawal was spent in a corner reciting Howl"
Allen Ginsberg
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Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) wrote the poem "Howl" in 1956. A paean to the Beat Generation, it was considered obscene upon its release. 


I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix...

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