Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)

Best known for his poem “Howl” which became the center of an obscenity trial in 1957, Ginsberg was a prominent figure of the Beat literary movement. His work is often seen as a rejection of the Eisenhower 1950’s, heterosexuality, capitalism, and modern American life.

While reading his poetry, pay attention to how he addresses the power structures in place for heterosexual sex while depicting homosexual sex. How does this subvert or play into the existent narrative of submissive/dominant or bottom/top relationships expected of queer men?


The Form of Life Needs Sex

To the Body

Please Master

Some Love

Student Love

Personal Ads

After the Big Parade

Jacking Off