No imperfection in budded mountain,
Valleys breathe, heaven and earth move together,
daisies push inches of yellow air, vegetables tremble,
green atoms shimmer in grassy mandalas,
sheep speckle the mountainside, revolving their jaws with empty eyes,
horses dance in the warm rain
- Allen Ginsberg, acclaimed Pulitzer-winning poet, would have turned 87 today. Throughout his time as one of the leading poets of the Beat Generation, Ginsberg tirelessly crusaded for peace and equal rights, from his nonviolent protests against the Vietnam War to his eloquent defenses of both LGBTQ rights and the freedom of speech. He was a practicing Buddhist and dedicated his life to educating and freeing the victims of imperialism worldwide. A controversial but extraordinary figure, we honor his contribution to human rights today.