#Writer’s Quote Wednesday & #BeWoW – A Month of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanza Quotes: ALAN GINSBERG

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” and Ronovan Writes’ event called, “BeWoW” or “Be Writing on Wednesday.”  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to right spot!

Are you ready to join in?
All you have to do is find your favorite quote. Find something that truly speaks to you. This does not have to pertain just to writing. It can be any kind of quote as long as it made an impact on you. Then, write a post and include your quote.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Fellow blogger, Sacha Black has an excellent tutorial on how to make photo-quote images. Click here to learn how to make exciting images with your own photos and how to add words.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.  On Tuesday, I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes with links back to your blogs.

I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.

Please be aware that I do NOT receive any emails from WordPress. I use the reader exclusively. Please make sure that your pingback works on my Wednesday post so that I can find you. ❤

Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader. On your own blog post do a ping-back to THIS post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  (A pingback is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post).

Make sure to check my weekly prompt (this post) to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

Since Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and I have joined forces he has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts, feel free to do so and link them to my post. I will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up I do each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

Happy December everyone! It’s that magical, special time of year when snow glistens like diamonds and the cold nips at your nose and toes! Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanza have begun or are just around the corner!
Are you ready?

We have 4 more Wednesdays in December, so let’s celebrate each Writer’s Quote Wednesday week by finding quotes from authors about Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanza.

This is a great way to get in the groove of the season and showcase some great holiday writing talent!

I realized late last week, that there were more religious celebrations in December that must be included in our Writer’s Quote Wednesday. So, this week in celebration of Hanukkah I would like to introduce you to one of my favorite poets, Alan Ginsberg.

Alan Ginsberg is and still remains quite the controversial character. “Ginsberg was a visionary Beat Poet, Buddhist, (although he was raised as a Jew), anti-war activist, gay pacifist, and a photographer,” as quoted from Allen Ginsberg.org.

The Poetry Foundation shares this about Ginsberg:

“In 1943, while studying at Columbia University, Ginsberg befriended William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, and the trio later established themselves as pivotal figures in the Beat Movement. Known for their unconventional views, and frequently rambunctious behavior, Ginsberg and his friends also experimented with drugs. On one occasion, Ginsberg used his college dorm room to store stolen goods acquired by an acquaintance. Faced with prosecution, Ginsberg decided to plead insanity and subsequently spent several months in a mental institution. After graduating from Columbia, Ginsberg remained in New York City and worked various jobs. In 1954, however, he moved to San Francisco, where the Beat Movement was developing through the activities of such poets as Kenneth Rexroth and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.”

“Ginsberg first came to public attention in 1956 with the publication of Howl and Other Poems. “Howl,” a long-lined poem in the tradition of Walt Whitman, is an outcry of rage and despair against a destructive, abusive society. Kevin O’Sullivan, writing in Newsmakers, deemed “Howl” “an angry, sexually explicit poem” and added that it is “considered by many to be a revolutionary event in American poetry.” The poem’s raw, honest language and its “Hebraic-Melvillian bardic breath,” as Ginsberg called it, stunned many traditional critics.”

Ginsberg’s poetry has always spoken to me. I guess I feel his pain and anguish through the rawness of his words. I know he is not for everyone, but if you have not read any of his poetry it is worthwhile to check out his writing. The following video is Ginsberg reciting his poem, Psalm III:





62 thoughts on “#Writer’s Quote Wednesday & #BeWoW – A Month of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanza Quotes: ALAN GINSBERG

    1. I did a term paper on him in college. His words and poetry resonate from the way he looked at life. I love his Sunflower Sutra. ❤ I think I liked him because he was so different and was not afraid to say what he felt. His poem, "Howl," surely freaked out most people who read it. But, when I looked deeper into his words there was so much social injustice and pain expressed. He was brilliant! 😀


      1. Absolutely. We should all be free to express ourselves in whatever way we choose, as long as we aren’t purposefully harmful. I know some people might be offended by vulgarity, but I find it’s a part of life! And, in the right circumstances, it can add tremendous effect to a piece of work 😀

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  1. Allen Ginsberg is an interesting man indeed. I enjoyed his poem in the video. I like that he included the everyday man/woman in his poem. There’s something very simple yet deep about his poetry. Thanks for introducing him to us. 😀 xx

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