"I saw the best minds of my generation...."

Today, June 3, is the birthday of beat poet, Allen Ginsberg who was born in 1926 in Newark, New Jersey. Known as the founder of the Beat Generation, Ginsberg wrote his first major poem, "Howl" and tilted the windmill that blew in the political unrest of the 1960's. It covered not only the anger he felt for an intolerant society but introduced new unconventional forms that reflected his embrace of experimentation. Ginsberg was a champion of the unrepresented in society, whether disenfranchised African-Americans or closeted homosexuals. With fellow beat writers, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, he birthed a generation of artists who were not afraid to question the status quo.