Howl

Allen Ginsberg first read his poem Howl, in San Francisco in October 1955.

It marked a turning point in American literature.

Michael McClure, a fellow poet, took part in the reading that night.

Photo: Allen Ginsberg with other poets in 1965. Express/Getty Images.

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