Excerpt from “Footnote to Howl” by Allen Ginsberg
The frequent commenter and all around nice man Ryan W. Bradley once told me that his mother gave him Howl to read when he was ten. This made me go buy Howl from the great City Light Books. James Blake will play Andy Murray in the final of Queens, the lead up event to Wimbledon. I just finished reading an old One Story story ( I subscribed at one time, I no longer do, but those little stories are scattered around my house) called “Selling the Apartment” by Danit Brown. It was written in the second person. Wells Tower wrote in the second person once and I liked that story, but it was really short.
Right now I am listening to Bon Iver, which I rarely do. My husband took all the children to a Trout Parade. It’s beautiful outside. Last night, I played hangman and then the Minister’s Cat with children for two hours and drank vodka (later switching to bourbon). A few nights ago, a friend of my son’s asked for MORE BROCCOLI at dinner and it made me very proud of my broccoli. It’s three o’clock and I haven’t showered yet and I haven’t gone running in almost a month. Last night, I bought the boys two whoopie cushions and water balloons that look like grenades and I bought myself two lip glosses (even though I had 9 in my purse). I also bought nicotine patches and an hour later, a pack of cigarettes. I feel very blessed. And so here’s what Ginsberg says:
Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy!
Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy!
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