By Greta Weber
PUBLISHED June 24, 2016
When Allen Ginsberg gave his first public reading of his poem Howl in San Francisco in 1955, the American literary scene was undergoing a radical shift. More than ever before, writers were evocatively exploring topics like sex, drugs, and spirituality. And they were doing it with the help of an unassuming piece of technology.
Because experimental poets like Ginsberg couldn’t get published by most of the big-name literary magazines or presses, they had to find alternate means of reaching an audience. That’s where the mimeograph came in. The low-cost precursor to the modern Xerox sparked an explosion of underground, do-it-yourself magazines and poetry books. It was essential to a generation of artists.
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