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?