‘Vulgar’ poem sparking controversy in Steamboat Springs classroom
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – A Steamboat Springs family is considering legal action against the school district there after they say their teenage daughter was forced to read, write and discuss sexually explicit material as part of a class assignment. The content in question is the poem “Howl” by author Allen Ginsburg. It has been considered controversial since it was first published in the 1950’s due to its language about sex and drugs. It was even the focus of an obscenity trial in 1957, in which the judge ruled that it was could stay on bookshelves.