Beginning with “long poem of these States,” The Fall of America continues Planet News chronicle and includes poems about Ginsberg’s condemnation of America’s actions in Vietnam. the first moon landing, the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and personal events such as the death of Ginsberg’s friend, Neal Cassady. Many of the poems were initially composed on an Uher Tape recorder, purchased by Ginsberg with the help of Bob Dylan. This volume won the U.S. National Book Award for Poetry in 1973.
Some of the poems included in this collection are:
- “Beginning of a Poem of These States”
- “Elegy For Neal Cassady”
- “On Neal’s Ashes”
- “Please Master”