Soft Cover. San Francisco: City Lights Pocket Bookshop, 1956. First Edition. Very Good.
Introduction by William Carlos Williams. First edition, first printing. Publisher's black paper wrappers with affixed white paper wraparound band, lettered in black and light blue. Very good or better, with some toning and soiling to wraps, otherwise internally very clean and fresh. Morgan A3.a1.1 Published as the fourth installment of City Lights' Pocket Poets Series, Howl and Other Poems is Allen Ginsberg's first collection of poetry, which opens with the iconic line "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness." In many ways the mantra of the Beat Movement, "Howl" observes and addresses problems in American society. In addition to "Howl" this volume includes "A Supermarket in California," "Sunflower Sutra," "America," and "In Back of the Real," among others.