TODAY in 1955 #AllenGinsberg reads " HOWL " for the first time in public. Shown in pic: Ginsberg reading to a crowd in #NYC 's Washington Square in 1966. #poetry
 We boast an amazing collection of rare, signed works by Allen Ginsberg. Including a copy of "Planet News" that Ginsberg read from and inscribed. 

… I'm with you in Rockland 
 where we wake up electrified out of the coma 
 by our own souls' airplanes roaring over the 
 roof they've come to drop angelic bombs the 
 hospital illuminates itself imaginary walls collapse 
 O skinny legions run outside O starry
 spangled shock of mercy the eternal war is 
 here O victory forget your underwear we're free 
 I'm with you in Rockland 
 in my dreams you walk dripping from a sea-
 journey on the highway across America in tears 
 to the door of my cottage in the Western night


—the last lines of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” first read in public by Ginsberg on this day in 1955; the above passage is included in a Youtube video of John Turturro reciting the poem, along with many other scenes from The Source, a 2000 docu-drama on the Beats