Allen Ginsberg’s Suggested Reading List


Ever wonder what books Ginsberg would have recommended if you had the chance to ask him? You’re in luck! This reading list, which was ostensibly printed for his students at the Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics, the writing department that Ginsberg founded with Anne Waldman at Naropa University in 1974, may have a few answers. Unsurprisingly, Ginsberg suggests reading (and buying) works by quite a few of his best friends — Burroughs, Kerouac, Snyder, Whalen, Gregory Corso, Robert Creeley — but he also advocates Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams and Charles Reznikoff, the original Objectivist poet. Can’t argue with that. Click through to check out Ginsberg’s recommended reads, and let us know if you’ll be heading out to pick them up in the comments.

[via Fuck Yeah, Manuscripts!]