Planet News

Planet News is a book of poetry written by Allen Ginsberg and published by City Lights in 1968. It is number twenty three in the Pocket Poets series.[1] It contains poems written by Ginsberg between 1961 and 1967, many written during his travels to India, Japan, Europe, Africa, and many other places.[2] Poems in this collection include:[1]

  • "Television was a Baby Crawling Toward that Deathchamber"
  • "This form of Life needs Sex"
  • "Stotras to Kali Destroyer of Illusions"
  • "Describe: The Rain on Dasaswamedh"
  • "Death News"—about his first reactions upon hearing of the death of William Carlos Williams
  • "The Change: Kyoto-Tokyo Express"
  • "Why is God Love, Jack?"—addressing Jack Kerouac
  • "After Yeats"
  • "I am a Victim of Telephone"
  • "Kral Majales"—about being nominated "The King of May"
  • "Who Be Kind To"
  • "First Party at Ken Kesey's with Hell's Angels"
  • "Wichita Vortex Sutra"
  • "City Midnight Junk Strains"
  • "Wales Visitation"


  1. Morgan, Bill (1995). The works of Allen Ginsberg, 1941-1994 : a descriptive bibliography. Bibliographies and indexes in American Literature. Westport: Greenwood. pp. 24–26. ISBN 9780313293894. ISSN 0742-6860. LCCN 94-41266. OCLC 650305543. Retrieved 13 November 2014 via Google Books.
  2. Heims, Neil (2013). Allen Ginsberg (e-book). Great Writers. New York: Chelsea House. ISBN 9781438148366. Retrieved 13 November 2014 via Google Books.

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