Just watched this fantastic film about Allen Ginsberg’s ‘HOWL’ his seminal poem that communicates scenes, characters, and situations drawn from Ginsberg’s personal experience as well as from the community of poets, artists, political radicals, jazz musicians, drug addicts, and psychiatric patients whom he encountered in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Ginsberg refers to these people, who were underrepresented outcasts in what the poet believed to be an oppressively conformist and materialistic era as “the best minds of my generation.” He describes their experiences in graphic detail, openly discussing drug use and homosexual activity at multiple points.
It is a fantastic film that focuses upon the court case trying to ban the poem when it was published for being obscene due to its content, with references to drugs and sex. In between segments of the case and interviews with Ginsberg expertly and beautifully recreated are animations based upon the poem itself.
Found this amazing video based on Bukowski’s ‘Nirvana’ poem. It is a brilliant example of using poetry and translating into a visual, stimulating format that will catch the attention of people who wouldn’t necessarily be aware of the poem or author.