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I am the crying raven
you see over there in the pines
I weep at the beauty of life
so full of it
am I
this morning
its bounty
the inexpressible vitality of it
racing through me

 

'Three Ravens' by Lisa St. Croix - photo of card from friend

‘Three Ravens’ by Lisa St. Croix – photo of card from friend

howl

Five stars out of five.

This puts many of the other films about the Beats to shame. Make sure you Don’t… Miss… This one, if you’re a fan.

Well, okay. I’m a big Ginsberg fan. I loved James Franco’s portrayal/characterization. It’s very believable, in a lot of ways. Even if it was only because I wanted to believe it. Everything was well researched and thoughtfully put together.

It had a clear point of view about Ginsberg – I liked that. Maybe they gilded the lily, somewhat – but so what? Ginsberg stands up to it. He deserves to be romanticized.

What comes through, though, is: self assurance; belief in self; an inspired authority about writing; and a human quality.

The film itself is quite an achievement. Filmed on a shoestring budget, it captures the mood and flavor of the times and subject. It distills things down to a few essential events, ideas and elements. It incorporates courtroom drama, ‘interviews with Ginsberg’, ‘flashbacks’ and animation – all very effectively, masterfully. Great stuff for film buffs and students. And hey. It’s just a really good, fun movie.

If you’re interested in writing, you’ll want to see this. Listen to the commentary, too! Virtually every bit of dialogue was culled from interviews and court records.

The court scenes – kind of unbelievable! But it wasn’t so long ago. Coming out of the McCarthy era and the repressed Fifties, the uproar and trial over the publication of Howl was a game-changing watershed in American law and free speech.

Blessed November sun,

warming my face.

Behind me,

a hummingbird,

like a sprung bowstring,

emerald-green,

but more precious, alive.

Merriam-Webster says:

1:  the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (as buzz, hiss)

2:  the use of words whose sound suggests the sense

Dictionary.com says:
noun
1.    the formation of a word, as cuckoo, meow, honk, or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent.
2.   a word so formed.
3.   the use of imitative and naturally suggestive words for rhetorical, dramatic, or poetic effect.
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Yeah.
Like that.

bad poetry, inspired by nothing much at all, seldom worked on, never toiled over, half-baked, poorly executed, unscholarly; lacking a certain je ne sais quoi, repetitious and charmless

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inconsequential

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mercifully brief

Note:   I thought I was really onto something here. I’d just gotten a new smartphone for the first time and the vocabulary suggestions as I was typing were a huge, fun goof:

Tripmaster Johnny Jones’ bogus bongo beat’s surprising horizon suggesting listless meandering – yet its endlessly entertaining inanities reigning wholesale against a glinted stunted confounded floundering expectation – excepting accepted neglected suspected audience rumblings and perambulations. Holy skies! the likes of god’s own visage.