A Supermarket in California
by Allen Ginsberg
A Supermarket in California Resources
These guys have tons to say on our man Allen.
And they'd never leave out Whitman, either.
He'd like to thank the Academy for giving him a page, too.
Run by his estate, this site's got the goods on Ginsberg. You could spend hours cruising its offerings.
In the early 90s, not long before his death, Ginsberg was taped reading one of the most important Buddhist scriptures. Ommmmm.
Yep, you heard that right. Check out this trailer from the movie Howl.
Allen Ginsberg reads his poem. It's pretty nifty to hear the poem the way it was meant to be heard.
Allen Ginsberg reads his explosive poem (in two parts). Fair warning: there's some explicit content in here, so don't play this one for the kiddos.
Working hard in 1955. Hey, maybe he's writing "Supermarket."
…with a beard to rival Whitman's.
The lonely old courage-teacher, in all his chapeau'd glory.
Check out this page from the original typescript of Howl, complete with Ginsberg's super sloppy notes.
Here's a signed copy of "Supermarket." How much do you wish you had this in your library?
Pick up a copy pronto. It's a necessary addition to your poetry collection.
Read Ginsberg's inspiration for so much of his work, and one of the most important works in all of American literature. For reals.
Movies & TV
This recent flick fictionalizes the story of the writing of Howl and its censorship trial. Plus it stars James Franco as Ginsberg. Need we say more?