Extracts from HOWL by Allen Ginsberg My fascination with the Sixties Revolution of thought and sensibility continues. HOWL was one of the “genetic markers” in the development of modern culture. Expressing his own personal turmoil within the rigid moral confines of 1950’s America, Ginsberg touched a universal nerve which helped to ignite the counter-culture forming within the world’s dissatisfied youth. Political, social and sexual themes are explored and described in language so poetical that the poem’s power is still relevant today. I have taken significant lines or phrases and attempted to illustrate both literally and metaphorically using images found through the modern media of the internet. Since Ginsberg’s Buddhist beliefs and my own philosophy see mankind as all part of the one “Whole”, where every action brings a reaction through a complex web of relationships, the internet is the natural reference bank for imagery. Fear, frustration, disillusionment, pressure to conform, brainwashing, the search for truth, freedom of expression, discovery of sexuality, celebration and homage, nostalgia and hope are underlined throughout. Composition, though pre-conceived, developed through improvisation and sub-conscious thought. The layout and visual impact allude to the psychedelic poster art of the mid Sixties, further emphasising the inter-relationship of action and reaction. HOWL, and these visual translations, attempt to piece together the story of how the tangental zeitgeist of the Sixties counter-cultural revolution still have a powerful effect on our understanding of who we are.