Today marks the anniversary of Alan Ginsburg death. It does not hurt to reflect on it every once and a while. Here we are yet again looking down the barrel of a gun, I wonder sometimes why I find myself looking for something to grasp that will somehow strengthen my place in society and my life.
At the height of the Vietnam protests, the ‘Flower Power’ slogan, an expression coined by American Beat poet Allen Ginsburg, urged protestors to “change war psychology and surpass, go over, the habit-image-reaction of fear/violence”. It was seen by many of my generation as a means of protest against pro-war governmental policies and American dream ideals. Years later, the flower has become a symbol for hippy culture and was viewed by many as the catalyst for the counterculture movement that followed. The first time I ever came across a reference to drugs was sometime back in the late sixties while reading a book by Jack Kerouac called “On the Road.” It is amazing how many times I am reminded of the writings of both these great outsiders.