Some poetic words of wisdom from Mr Allen Ginsberg
You all know by now — I’m a huge Allen Ginsberg fangirl. Recently, I found a really lovely edition of his collection Cosmopolitan Greetings in a secondhand bookstore, and had to share some snippets with you. Some of his poems are so inspiring, as life lessons for anyone, not just writers. Here goes…
“I write poetry because I suffer confusion not knowing what other people think.
I write poetry to make an accurate picture of my own mind.
I write poetry because this morning I woke up trembling in fear, what could I say in China?.
I write poetry because I want to be alone, but want to talk to people.
I write poetry wearing animal shoes.” — snippets from Improvisation in Beijing
“Observe what’s vivid.
Notice what you notice.
Catch yourself thinking.
Vividness is self-selecting.
If we don’t show anyone, we’re free to write anything.
Remember the future.
Advise only yourself.
Don’t drink yourself to death.” — from Cosmopolitan Greetings
“Before you fall in bed blood sugar high blood pressure lower, lower, your lips grow cold.
Sooner or later let go what you loved hated or shrugged off, you walk in the park
You look at the sky, sit on a pillow, count up the stars in your head, get up and eat.” — from Big Eats
“Rainy night on Union Square, full moon. Want more poems? Wait til I’m dead.” — from American Sentences