M. L. Rosenthal (review date 23 February 1957)
SOURCE: Rosenthal, M. L. “Poet of the New Violence.” The Nation 184, no. 8 (23 February 1957): 162.
[In the following review, Rosenthal finds some fault with Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems but considers his poetry original.]
The two most striking pieces in Allen Ginsberg's pamphlet Howl and Other Poems—the long title-piece itself and “America”—are sustained shrieks of frank defiance. The themes are struck off clearly in the opening lines of each:
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked …
America I've given you all and now I'm nothing....
(The entire section is 799 words.)