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The Poetry Garden

Berkeley Garden

 
 
The Poetry Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 5, 2012
1. The Poetry Garden Marker
Inscription. This garden honors Berkeley’s many innovative poets, poetry presses and publications, and their creative legacy. It was dedicated in 1999 on the second anniversary of “Beat” poet Allen Ginsberg’s death. Through their writings, the nonconformist Beat poets sought liberation from traditional social, political, artistic, and personal conventions. Ginsberg lived across the street in a now-demolished house at 1624 Milvia Street while writing, among other poems, parts on his once-banned work Howl!. Poet Gary Snyder also stayed there. “Beat Generation” writer Jack Kerouac lived for a time in a “rose-covered cottage” on Berkeley Way, and poet Robert Duncan also lived in this neighborhood during the 1950s.

The creation of the garden was a joint effort of students, teachers, and parents from Berkeley Arts Magnet at Whittier School together with neighbors and the City of Berkeley.
 
Erected 2009 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Location. 37° 52.622′ N, 122° 16.275′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Milvia Street just south of Lincoln Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1645 Milvia Street, Berkeley CA 94709, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Poetry Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 5, 2012
2. The Poetry Garden Marker
The marker is to the left of the gate.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Whittier School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); North Berkeley Congregational (Grace North) Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peet’s Coffee & Tea (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edward A. Brakenridge House (approx. 0.3 miles away); The 1923 Berkeley Fire (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hillside Club (approx. 0.4 miles away); Shattuck Square (approx. 0.4 miles away); Heywood Building (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Also see . . .
1. Cheap Thrills: The Allen Ginsberg Poetry Garden - Berkeley Path. On a quiet block of Milvia Street, on a plot of land abutting Berkeley Arts Magnet Elementary School (BAM), sits a tiny treasure, an enchanting oasis known as the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Garden. (Submitted on April 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. The Beat Generation - The Literature Network. In American in the 1950s, a new cultural and literary movement staked its claim on the nation’s consciousness. The Beat Generation was never a large movement in terms of sheer numbers, but in influence and cultural status they were more visible than any other competing aesthetic. (Submitted on April 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 473 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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