Discover Kerouac, Ginsberg and more with a visit to the Beat Museum in San Francisco’s North Beach.
Poet Frank O’Hara bridged the Beat poets and contemporary poetry, taking poetry from academia and even the coffeehouses to the streets.
Poet Denise Levertov is associated with the Beat Poets, but she transcended the Beats to write about war, environment, faith, and the whole realm of life.
Allen Ginsberg started with the Beat Generation and became known for the obscenity trial over his “Howl and Other Poems” and a devotion to protest.
Jack Kerouac gave the name to the Beat Generation of writers and poets. In the more than 50 years after his death, he’s become an American legend.
The Beat poets – Kerouac, Ginsberg, O’Hara, others – were unconventional in their writing and lives, and had a major impact on American culture.