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Allen Ginsberg
The Great Marijuana Hoax: The First Manifesto to End the Bringdown Nobody saves America by sniffing cocaine, jiggling your knees blankly in the rain. When it snows in your nose you catch cold in your brain.

Allen Ginsberg
Marijuana is a useful catalyst for specific optical and aural aesthetic perceptions. I apprehended the structure of certain pieces of jazz and classical music in a new manner under the influence of marijuana, and these apprehensions have remained valid in years of normal consciousness.

Allen Ginsberg
What if somebody gave a war and Nobody came? Life would ring the bells of Ecstasy and Forever be Itself again.

Allen Ginsberg
Democracy! Bah! When I hear that word I reach for my feather Boa!

Allen Ginsberg
I have a new method of poetry. All you got to do is look over your notebooks... or lay down on a couch, and think of anything that comes into your head, especially the miseries. Then arrange in lines of two, three or four words each, don't bother about sentences, in sections of two, three or four lines each.

Allen Ginsberg
Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.

Allen Ginsberg
The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That's what poetry does.

Allen Ginsberg
I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.

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