American Poet, 1926-1997

1996 Paradise Pisces

Allen Ginsberg, Pitcher/Fielder

His father was a published poet, high school teacher and a Jewish left-winger. His mother was a communist and nudist who eventually went insane and had a lobotomy. The product of this marriage produced one of the foremost American poets of this century.

Allen Ginsberg, bard of the Beat Generation and a radical father of the counter-culture, continues espousing his Zen Judaism ("be nice, don't fight") philosophy.

Ginsberg is an American poet in the tradition of Walt Whitman. His prophetic, visionary voice, rages against materialism while preaching peace and benevolence. While a college student at Columbia University Ginsberg met Jack Kerouac. Together, with their friends and fellow poets, they gave birth to the Beat Generation, a post-WW2 literary-cultural movement that preceded the counter-culture of the 1960s.

Ginsberg's public career as a poet began with his reading of his poem "Howl" at the legendary Six Gallery in San Francisco in October, 1955. His second major work, "Kaddish", was published in 1961 on the anniversary of his mother's death. In 1974, Ginsberg won the National Book Award for his collection of poetry called The Fall of America. In collaboration with the poet Anne Waldman, Ginsberg created the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

Ginsberg joined the Pisces for the 1995 season as a free agent. He also traded in his pitcher's mit for a firstbasemen's glove, becoming one of several cosmic players to play on the mound and in the field.

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Ginsberg- Cosmic Pitching Record

YEAR  TEAM              ERA     IP  Won     Lost    Win Pct     SO
----  ---------------  ------  ---- ------  ------  --------- ------
Ginsberg, Allen
1983  Beats             3.60    110     10       6   .625         58
1987  Beats             4.06     62      1       9   .100          0

           TOTALS       3.83    172     11      15   .363         58
Ginsberg- Cosmic Batting Record

YEAR  TEAM             POS    B.AVG   At Bats  Hits     HR     RBI
----  ---------------  -----  ------  ------  ------  ------  ------

1995  Pisces           1b      .300      237      71       0      18

Cosmic Totals                  .300      237      71       0      18

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1996 Cosmic Player Alen Ginsberg
Published: January 15, 1996
Updated: April 5, 1997
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