I saw the movie "Howl" which is a tribute to the Ginsberg poem, and wrote about it:
Howls of Anger, and of Liberation | The Nation"More specifically, Howl helps its audience, likely familiar with the poem and author, re-examine how challenging and unprecedented this complex poem was in the context of its time. It encourages us to recognize that 'Howl' not only changed the life of letters in America through sometimes-crude vernacular and new jazz-like rhythms, but it also changed the life of its author, who used it as a vehicle to assert his identity as a practitioner of same-sex love during an era when homosexual acts were deemed illegal in some places and a mental illness in others. Ginsberg's poem was a howl of anger and hurt, yes, with its famous destroyed minds, 'starving hysterical, naked,' but also a howl of liberation and affirmation, as seen in the poem's incantation-like 'footnote': 'The world is holy! The soul is holy! The skin is holy! The nose is holy!'"
Read the rest here. And read this blog post, by EBC reader and friend gettsr, about Ginsberg vs. Kerouac, here.