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ALLEN GINSBERG POEMS

Allen Ginsberg
(1926 1997)
Howl
for Carl Solomon
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I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves throgh the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fi!,
angelheaded hi"sters brning for the ancient heavenly connection
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to the starry dynamo in the
machinery of night,
who "overty and tatters and hollow#eyed and high sat " smoking in the s"ernatral darkness of
cold#water flats floating across the to"s of cities contem"lating $a%%,
who bared their brains to &eaven nder the 'l
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and saw )ohammedan
angels staggering on tenement roofs illminated,
who "assed throgh niversities with radiant cool eyes hallcinating *rkansas and +lake#light
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tragedy among the scholars of war,
who were e!"elled from the academies for cra%y - "blishing obscene odes on the windows of the
skll,
who cowered in nshaven rooms in nderwear, brning their money in wastebaskets and listening to
the .error throgh the wall,
who got bsted in their "bic beards retrning throgh /aredo with a belt of mari$ana for 0ew 1ork,
who ate fire in "aint hotels or drank tr"entine in 2aradise *lley
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, death, or "rgatoried their torsos
night after night
with dreams, with drgs, with waking nightmares, alcohol and cock and endless balls,
incom"arable blind streets of shddering clod and lightning in the mind lea"ing toward "oles of
4anada - 2aterson,
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illminating all the motionless world of .ime between,
2eyote solidities of halls, backyard green tree cemetery dawns, wine drnkenness over the roofto"s,
storefront boroghs of teahead $oyride neon blinking traffic light, sn and moon and tree
vibrations in the roaring winter dsks of +rooklyn, ashcan rantings and kind king light of mind,
who chained themselves to sbways for the endless ride from +attery to holy +ron!
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on ben%edrine
ntil the noise of wheels and children broght them down shddering moth#wracked and
battered bleak of brain all drained of brilliance in the drear light of 5oo,
who sank all night in sbmarine light of +ickford6s floated ot and sat throgh the stale beer afternoon
in desolate 7ga%%i6s, listening to the crack of doom on the hydrogen $kebo!,
who talked continosly seventy hors from "ark to "ad to bar to +elleve
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to msem to the
+rooklyn +ridge,
a lost battalion of "latonic conversationalists $m"ing down the stoo"s off fire esca"es off windowsills
off 'm"ire 9tate ot of the moon,
yacketayakking screaming vomiting whis"ering facts and memories and anecdotes and eyeball kicks
and shocks of hos"itals and $ails and wars,
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:insberg met 9olomon (b; 1928) while both were "atients in the 4olmbia 2sychiatric Institte in 19,9 and called him
<an intitive +ron! =adaist and "rose#"oet>; )any details in <&owl> come from the <a"ocry"hal history> that 9olomon
told :insberg in 19,9; In <)ore )isha"s> (1968), 9olomon admits that these adventres were <com"onded "artly of
trth, bt for the most ?of@ raving self#$stification, cry"to#bohemian boasting A effeminate "rancing and esoteric
a"horisms;>
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In one sense, a "erson who can s""ly drgs;
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.he elevated railway in 0ew 1ork 4ityB also a &erbrew word for :od;
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Cefers to :insberg6s a"ocaly"tic vision of the 'nglish "oet Dilliam +lake (1737#1827);
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* tenement cortyard in 0ew 1ork6s 'ast EillageB setting of Feroac6s The Subterraneans (1938);
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:insberg6s hometown, also the town celebrated by Dilliam 4arlos Dilliams in his long "oem Paterson;
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G""osite ends of a 0ew 1ork sbway lineB the +ron! 5oo was the northern termins;
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0ew 1ork "blic hos"ital to which "sychiatric "atients may be committed;
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whole intellects disgorged in total recall for seven days and nights with brilliant eyes, meat for the
9ynagoge cast on the "avement,
who vanished into nowhere 5en 0ew Hersey leaving a trail of ambigos "ictre "ostcards of *tlantic
4ity &all,
sffering 'astern sweats and .angerian hone#grindings and migraines of 4hina
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nder $nk#
withdrawal in 0ewark6s bleak frnished room,
who wandered arond and arond at midnight in the railroad yard wondering where to go, and went,
leaving no broken hearts,
who lit cigarettes in bo!cars bo!cars bo!cars racketing throgh snow toward lonesome farms in
grandfather night,
who stdied 2lotins 2oe 9t; Hohn of the 4ross
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tele"athy and bo" kaballah
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becase the cosmos
instinctively vibrated at their feet in Fansas,
who loned it throgh the streets of Idaho seeking visionary indian angels who were visionary indian
angels,
who thoght they were only mad when +altimore gleamed in s"ernatral ecstasy,
who $m"ed in limosines with the 4hinaman of Gklahoma on the im"lse of winter midnight
streetlight smalltown rain,
who longed hngry and lonesome throgh &oston seeking $a%% or se! or so", and followed the
brilliant 9"aniard to converse abot *merica and 'ternity, a ho"eless task, and so look shi" to
*frica,
who disa""eared into the volcanoes of )e!ico leaving behind nothing bt the shadow of dngarees
and the lava and ash of "oetry scattered in fire"lace 4hicago,
who rea""eared on the Dest 4oast investigating the 7+I in beards and shorts with big "acifist eyes
se!y in their dark skin "assing ot incom"rehensible leaflets,
who brned cigarette holes in their arms "rotesting the narcotic tobacco ha%e of 4a"italism,
who distribted 9"ercommnist "am"hlets in Jnion 9Kare wee"ing and ndressing while the sirens
of /os *lamos
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wailed them down, and wailed down Dall,
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and the 9taten Island ferry also
wailed,
who broke down crying in white gymnasims naked and trembling before the machinery of other
skeletons,
who bit detectives in the neck and shrieked with delight in "olicecars for committing no crime bt
their own wild cooking "ederasty and into!ication,
who howled on their knees in the sbway and were dragged off the roof waving genitals and
manscri"ts,
who let themselves be fcked in the ass by saintly motorcyclists, and screamed with $oy,
who blew and were blown by those hman sera"him, the sailors, caresses of *tlantic and 4aribbean
love,
who balled in the morning in the evenings in rosegardens and the grass of "blic "arks and cemeteries
scattering their semen freely to whomever come who may,
who hicc""ed endlessly trying to giggle bt wond " with a sob behind a "artition in a .rkish +ath
when the blonde - naked angel came to "ierce them with a sword,
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who lost their loveboys to the three old shrews of fate
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the one eyed shrew of the heterose!al dollar
the one eyed shrew that winks ot of the womb and the one eyed shrew that does nothing bt sit
on her ass and sni" the intellectal golden threads of the craftsman6s loom,
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*frican and *sian sorces of drgs;
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9"anish visionary and "oet (13,2#1391), athor of The
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* mystical tradition of inter"retation of &ebrew scri"tre; <+o">L $a%% style of the 19,Is;
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In 0ew )e!ico, a center for the develo"ment of the atomic bomb; Jnion 9Kare was a gathering "lace for radical
s"eakers in 0ew 1ork in the 19(Is;
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Dall 9treet, bt also alldes to the Dailing Dall, a "lace of "blic lamentation in Hersalem;
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*n allsion to The Extasy of St. Teresa, a scl"tre by /oren%o +ernini (1398#168I) based on 9t; .eresa6s (1313#1382)
distinctly erotic descri"tion of religios wisdom;
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In :reek mythology, goddesses who determine a mortal6s life by s"inning ot a length of thread and ctting it at the time
of death;
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who co"lated ecstatic and insatiate with a bottle of beer a sweetheart a "ackage of cigarettes a candle
and fell off the bed, and contined along the floor and down the hall and ended fainting on the
wall with a vision of ltimate cnt and come elding the last gy%ym of consciosness,
who sweetened the snatches of a million girls trembling in the snset, and were red eyed in the
morning bt "re"ared to sweeten the snatch of the snrise, flashing bttocks nder barns and
naked in the lake,
who went ot whoring throgh 4olorado in myriad stolen nightcars, 0;4;,
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secret hero of these
"oems, cocksman and *donis of =enver $oy to the memory of his innmerable lays o girls in
em"ty lots - diner backyards, moviehoses6 rickety rows, on montainto"s in caves or with
gant waitresses in familiar roadside lonely "etticoat "liftings - es"ecially secret gas#station
soli"sisms of $ohns, - hometown alleys too,
who faded ot in vast sordid movies, were shifted in dreams, woke on a sdden )anhattan, and "icked
themselves " ot of basements hngover with heartless .okaya
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and horrors of .hird *vene
iron dreams - stmbled to nem"loyment offices,
who walked all night with their shoes fll of blood on the snowbank docks waiting for a door in the
'ast Civer to o"en to a room fll of steamheat and o"im,
who created great sicidal dramas on the a"artment cliff#banks of the &dson nder the wartime ble
floodlight of the moon - their heads shall be crowned with larel in oblivion,
who ate the lamb stew of the imagination or digested the crab at the mddy bottom of the rivers of
+owery,
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who we"t at the romance of the streets with their "shcarts fll of onions and bad msic,
who sat in bo!es breathing in the darkness nder the bridge, and rose " to bild har"sichords in their
lofts,
who coghed on the si!th floor of &arlem crowned with flame nder the tberclar sky srronded by
orange crates of theology,
who scribbled all night rocking and rolling over lofty incantations which in the yellow morning were
stan%as of gibberish,
who cooked rotten animals lng heart feet tail borsht - tortillas dreaming of the "re vegetable
kingdom,
who "lnged themselves nder meat trcks looking for an egg,
who threw their watches off the roof to cast their ballot for 'ternity otside of .ime, - alarm clocks
fell on their heads every day for the ne!t decade,
who ct their wrists three times sccessively nsccessflly, gave " and were forced to o"en antiKe
stores where they thoght they were growing old and cried,
who were brned alive in their innocent flannel sits on )adison *vene
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amid blasts of leaden verse
- the tanked#" clatter of the iron regiments of fashion - the nitroglycerine shrieks of the
fairies of advertising - the mstard gas of sinister intelligent editors, or were rn down by the
drnken ta!icabs of *bsolte Ceality,
who $m"ed off the +rooklyn +ridge this actally ha""ened and walked away nknown and forgotten
into the ghostly da%e of 4hinatown so" alleyways - firetrcks, not even one free beer,
who sang ot of their windows in des"air, fell ot of the sbway window, $m"ed in the filthy
2assaic,
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lea"ed on negroes, cried all over the street, danced on broken wineglasses barefoot
smashed "honogra"h records of nostalgic 'ro"ean 19(I6s :erman $a%% finished the whiskey
and threw " groaning into the bloody toilet, moans in their ears and the blast of colossal
steamwhistles,
who barreled down the highways of the "ast $orneying to each other6s hotrod#:olgotha
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$ail#solitde
watch or +irmingham $a%% incarnation,
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0eal 4assady, hi" com"anion of Hack Feroac and the original =ean )oriarty, one of the leading figres in On the Road;
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* natrally sweet wine made in &ngary;
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9othern e!tension of .hird *vene in 0ew 1ork 4ityB traditional hant of derelicts and alcoholics;
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4enter of 0ew 1ork advertising agencies;
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Civer flowing "ast 2aterson, 0ew Hersey;
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.he "lace in ancient Hdea where Hess was believed to have been crcifiedB also known as 4alvary;
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who drove crosscontry seventytwo hors to find ot if I had a vision or yo had a vision or he had a
vision to find ot 'ternity,
who $orneyed to =enver, who died in =enver, who came back to =enver - waited in vain, who
watched over =enver - brooded - loned in =enver and finally went away to find ot the .ime,
- now =enver is lonesome for her heroes,
who fell on their knees in ho"eless cathedrals "raying for each other6s salvation and light and breasts,
ntil the sol illminated its hair for a second,
who crashed throgh their minds in $ail waiting for im"ossible criminals with golden heads and the
charm of reality in their hearts who sang sweet bles to *lcatra%,
who retired to )e!ico to cltivate a habit, or Cocky )ont to tender +ddha or .angiers to bys or
9othern 2acific to the black locomotive or &arvard to 0arcisss to Doodlawn
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to the
daisychain or grave,
who demanded sanity trials accsing the radio of hy"notism - were left with their insanity - their
hands - a hng $ry,
who threw "otato salad at 4401 lectrers on =adaism
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and sbseKently "resented themselves on
the granite ste"s of the madhose with shaven heads and harleKin s"eech of sicide, demanding
instantaneos lobotomy,
and who were given instead the concrete void of inslin metrasol electricity hydrothera"y
"sychothera"y occ"ational thera"y "ing"ong - amnesia,
who in hmorless "rotest overtrned only one symbolic "ing"ong table, resting briefly in catatonia,
retrning years later trly bald e!ce"t for a wig of blood, and tears and fingers, to the visible madman
doom of the wards of the madtowns of the 'ast,
2ilgrim 9tate6s Cockland6s and :reystone6s
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foetid halls, bickering with the echoes of the sol,
rocking and rolling in the midnight solitde#bench dolmen#realms of love, dream of life a
nightmare, bodies trned to stone as heavy as the moon,
with mother finally

, and the last fantastic book flng ot of the tenement window, and the
last door closed at , *) and the last tele"hone slammed at the wall in re"ly and the last
frnished room em"tied down to the last "iece of mental frnitre, a yellow "a"er rose twisted
on a wire hanger in the closet, and even that imaginary, nothing bt a ho"efl little bit of
hallcination
ah, 4arl,
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while yo are not safe I am not safe, and now yo6re really in the total animal so" of time

and who therefore ran throgh the icy streets obsessed with a sdden flash of the alchemy of the se of
the elli"se the catalog the meter - the vibrating "lane,
who dreamt and made incarnate ga"s in .ime - 9"ace throgh images $!ta"osed, and tra""ed the
archangel of the sol between 2 visal images and $oined the elemental verbs and set the non
and dash of consciosness together $m"ing with sensation of 2ater Gmni"otens *eterna =es
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to recreate the synta! and measre of "oor hman "rose and stand before yo s"eechless and
intelligent and shaking with shame, re$ected yet confessing ot the sol to conform to the rhythm
of thoght in his naked and endless head,
the madman bm and angel beat in .ime, nknown, yet "tting down here what might be left to say in
time come after death,
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* cemetery in the +ron!; .he 9othern 2acific is a railroad com"any; .he references in this line are to the lives of
Feroac, 4assidy and Dilliam +rroghs (an athor and fellow +eat);
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*rtistic clt of absrdity (c; 1916#192I); <4001>L 4ity 4ollege of 0ew 1ork; .his and the following incidents "robably
derived from the <a"ocry"hal history of my adventres> related by 9olomon to :insberg;
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.hree "sychiatric hos"itals near 0ew 1ork; 9olomon was instittionali%ed at 2ilgrim 9tate and CocklandB :insberg6s
mother, 0aomi, was "ermanently instittionali%ed at :reystone after years of sffering hallcinations and "aranoid attacks;
9he died there in 1936, the year after <&owl> was written;
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9olomon;
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*ll 2owerfl 7ather, 'ternal :od (/atin); *n allsion to a "hrase sed by the 7rench "ainter 2al 4M%anne (18(9#19I6),
in a letter describing the effects of natre (19I,); :insberg, in a ninterview, com"ared his own method of sha"ly
$!ta"osed images with 4M%anne6s foreshortening of "ers"ective in landsca"e "ainting;
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and rose reincarnate in the ghostly clothes of $a%% in the goldhorn shadow of the band and blew the
sffering of *merica6s naked mind for love into an eli eli lamma lamma sabacthaniy
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sa!o"hone
cry that shivered the cities down to the last radio
with the absolte heart of the "oem of life btchered ot of their own bodies good to eat a thosand
years;
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Dhat s"hin! of cement and alminm bashed o"en their sklls and ate " their brains and
imaginationN
)olochO
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9olitdeO 7ilthO JglinessO *shcans and nobtainable dollarsO 4hildren screaming nder the
stairwaysO +oys sobbing in armiesO Gld men wee"ing in the "arksO
)olochO )olochO 0ightmare of )olochO )oloch the lovelessO )ental )olochO )oloch the heavy
$dger of menO
)oloch the incom"rehensible "risonO )oloch the crossbone solless $ailhose and 4ongress of
sorrowsO )oloch whose bildings are $dgmentO )oloch the vast stone of warO )oloch the
stnned governmentsO
)oloch whose mind is "re machineryO )oloch whose blood is rnning moneyO )oloch whose
fingers are ten armiesO )oloch whose breast is a cannibal dynamoO )oloch whose ear is a
smoking tombO
)oloch whose eyes are a thosand blind windowsO )oloch whose skyscra"ers stand in the long
streets like endless HehovahsO )oloch whose factories dream and croak in the fogO )oloch
whose smokestacks and antennae crown the citiesO
)oloch whose love is endless oil and stoneO )oloch whose sol is electricity and banksO )oloch
whose "overty is the s"ecter of genisO )oloch whose fate is a clod of se!less hydrogenO
)oloch whose name is the )indO
)oloch in whom I sit lonelyO )oloch in whom I dream *ngelsO 4ra%y in )olochO 4ockscker in
)olochO /acklove and manless in )olochO
)oloch who entered my sol earlyO )oloch in whom I am a consciosness withot a bodyO )oloch
who frightened me ot of my natral ecstasyO )oloch whom I abandonO Dake " in )olochO
/ight streaming ot of the skyO
)olochO )olochO Cobot a"artmentsO invisible sbrbsO skeleton treasriesO blind ca"italsO demonic
indstriesO s"ectral nationsO invincible madhosesO granite cocksO monstros bombsO
.hey broke their backs lifting )oloch to &eavenO 2avements, trees, radios, tonsO lifting the city to
&eaven which e!ists and is everywhere abot sO
EisionsO omensO hallcinationsO miraclesO ecstasiesO gone down the *merican riverO
=reamsO adorationsO illminationsO religionsO the whole boatload of sensitive bllshitO
+reakthroghsO over the riverO fli"s and crcifi!ionsO gone down the floodO
&ighsO '"i"haniesO =es"airsO .en years6 animal screams and sicidesO )indsO 0ew lovesO )ad
generationO down on the rocks of .imeO
Ceal holy laghter in the riverO .hey saw it allO the wild eyesO the holy yellsO .hey bade farewellO
.hey $m"ed off the roofO to solitdeO wavingO carrying flowersO =own to the riverO into the
streetO
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4arl 9olomonO I6m with yo in Cockland
where yo6re madder than I am
I6m with yo in Cockland
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4hrist6s last words on the 4rossL )y :od, my :od, why have yo forsaken meN (*ramaic)
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:insberg6s own annotation in the facsimile edition of the "oem readsL <)oloch6L or )olech, the 4anaanite fire god,
whose worshi" was marked by "arents6 brning their children as "ro"rietary sacrifice; P*nd tho shalt not let any of thy
seed "ass throgh the fire of )olech6 ?/evitics 18L21@;6 <
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where yo mst feel very strange
I6m with yo in Cockland
where yo imitate the shade of my mother
I6m with yo in Cockland
where yo6ve mrdered yor twelve secretaries
I6m with yo in Cockland
where yo lagh at this invisible hmor
I6m with yo in Cockland
where we are great writers on the same dreadfl ty"ewriter
I6m with yo in Cockland
where yor condition has become serios and is re"orted on the radio
I6m with yo in Cockland
where the faclties of the skll no longer admit the worms of the senses
I6m with yo in Cockland
where yo drink the tea of the breasts of the s"insters of Jtica
I6m with yo in Cockland
where yo "n on the bodies of yor nrses the har"ies of the +ron!
I6m with yo in Cockland
where yo scream in a straight$acket that yo6re losing the game of the actal "ing"ong of the
abyss
I6m with yo in Cockland
where yo bang on the catatonic "iano the sol is innocent and immortal it shold never die
ngodly in an armed madhose
I6m with yo in Cockland
where fifty more shocks will never retrn yor sol to its body again from its "ilgrimage to a
cross in the void
I6m with yo in Cockland
where yo accse yor doctors of insanity and "lot the &ebrew socialist revoltion against the
fascist national :olgotha
I6m with yo in Cockland
where yo will s"lit the heavens of /ong Island and resrrect yor living hman Hess from the
s"erhman tomb
I6m with yo in Cockland
where there are twenty five thosand mad comrades all together singing the final stan%as of the
Internationale
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I6m with yo in Cockland
where we hg and kiss the Jnited 9tates nder or bedsheets the Jnited 9tates that coghs all
night and won6t let s slee"
I6m with yo in Cockland
where we wake " electrified ot of the coma by or own sols6 air"lanes roaring over the roof
they6ve come to dro" angelic bombs the hos"ital illminates itself imaginary walls colla"se G
skinny legions rn otside G starry#s"angled shock of mercy the eternal war is here G victory
forget yor nderwear we6re free
I6m with yo in Cockland
in my dreams yo walk dri""ing from a sea#$orney on the highway across *merica in tears to
the door of my cottage in the Destern night
San Francisco, 19!"
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7ormer 9ocialist and 4ommnist song, it was the official 9oviet anthem ntil 19,,;
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A Supermarket in ali!ornia
Dhat thoghts I have of yo tonight, Dalt Dhitman, for I walked down the
streets nder the trees with a headache self#conscios looking at the fll moon;
In my hngry fatige, and sho""ing for images, I went into the neon frit
s"ermarket, dreaming of yor enmerationsO
Dhat "eaches and what "enmbrasO Dhole families sho""ing at nightO *isles
fll of hsbandsO Dives in the avocados, babies in the tomatoesOQand yo,
:arcia /orca, what were yo doing down by the watermelonsN
I saw yo, Dalt Dhitman, childless, lonely old grbber, "oking among the
meats in the refrigerator and eyeing the grocery boys;
I heard yo asking Kestions of eachL Dho killed the "ork cho"sN Dhat "rice
bananasN *re yo my *ngelN
I wandered in and ot of the brilliant stacks of cans following yo, and
followed in my imagination by the store detective;
De strode down the o"en corridors together in or solitary fancy tasting
artichokes, "ossessing every fro%en delicacy, and never "assing the cashier;
Dhere are we going, Dalt DhitmanN .he doors close in an hor; Dhich way does
yor beard "oint tonightN
(I toch yor book and dream of or odyssey in the s"ermarket and feel
absrd;)
Dill we walk all night throgh solitary streetsN .he trees add shade to
shade, lights ot in the hoses, we6ll both be lonely;
Dill we stroll dreaming of the lost *merica of love "ast ble atomobiles in
driveways, home to or silent cottageN
*h, dear father, graybeard, lonely old corage#teacher, what *merica did yo
have when 4haron Kit "oling his ferry and yo got ot on a smoking bank and
stood watching the boat disa""ear on the black waters of /etheN
Sun!lower Sutra
I walked on the banks of the tincan banana dock and sat down nder the hge shade of a 9othern
2acific locomotive to look for the snset over the bo! hose hills and cry;
Hack Feroac sat beside me on a bsted rsty iron "ole, com"anion, we thoght the same thoghts of
the sol, bleak and ble and sad#eyed, srronded by the gnarled steel roots of trees of machinery;
.he only water on the river mirrored the red sky, sn sank on to" of final 7risco "eaks, no fish in that
stream, no hermit in those monts, $st orselves rhemy#eyed and hng#over like old bms on the
riverbank, tired and wily;
/ook at the 9nflower, he said, there was a dead gray shadow against the sky, big as a man, sitting dry
on to" of a "ile of ancient sawdstQ
QI rshed " enchantedQit was my first snflower, memories of +lake##my visions##&arlem
and &ells of the 'astern rivers, bridges clanking Hoes greasy 9andwiches, dead baby carriages, black
treadless tires forgotten and nretreaded, the "oem of the riverbank, condoms - "ots, steel knives,
nothing stainless, only the dank mck and the ra%or#shar" artifacts "assing into the "astQ
and the gray 9nflower "oised against the snset, crackly bleak and dsty with the smt and smog and
smoke of olden locomotives in its eyeQ
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corolla of bleary s"ikes "shed down and broken like a battered crown, seeds fallen ot of its face,
soon#to#be#toothless moth of snny air, snrays obliterated on its hairy head like a dried wire
s"iderweb,
leaves stck ot like arms ot of the stem, gestres from the sawdst root, broke "ieces of "laster
fallen ot of the black twigs, a dead fly in its ear,
Jnholy battered old thing yo were, my snflower G my sol, I loved yo thenO
.he grime was no man6s grime bt death and hman locomotives,
all that dress of dst, that veil of darkened railroad skin, that smog of cheek, that eyelid of black
mis6ry, that sooty hand or "halls or "rotberance of artificial worse#than#dirtQindstrialQmodernQ
all that civili%ation s"otting yor cra%y golden crownQ
and those blear thoghts of death and dsty loveless eyes and ends and withered roots below, in the
home#"ile of sand and sawdst, rbber dollar bills, skin of machinery, the gts and innards of the
wee"ing coghing car, the em"ty lonely tincans with their rsty tonges alack, what more cold I
name, the smoked ashes of some cock cigar, the cnts of wheelbarrows and the milky breasts of cars,
wornot asses ot of chairs - s"hincters of dynamosQall these
entangled in yor mmmied roots##and yo standing before me in the snset, all yor glory in yor
formO
* "erfect beaty of a snflowerO a "erfect e!cellent lovely snflower e!istenceO a sweet natral eye to
the new hi" moon, woke " alive and e!cited gras"ing in the snset shadow snrise golden monthly
bree%eO
&ow many flies b%%ed rond yo innocent of yor grime, while yo crsed the heavens of yor
railroad and yor flower solN
2oor dead flowerN when did yo forget yo were a flowerN when did yo look at yor skin and decide
yo were an im"otent dirty old locomotiveN the ghost of a locomotiveN the s"ecter and shade of a once
"owerfl mad *merican locomotiveN
1o were never no locomotive, 9nflower, yo were a snflowerO
*nd yo /ocomotive, yo are a locomotive, forget me notO
9o I grabbed " the skeleton thick snflower and stck it at my side like a sce"ter,
and deliver my sermon to my sol, and Hack6s sol too, and anyone who6ll listen,
QDe6re not or skin of grime, we6re not or dread bleak dsty imageless locomotive, we6re all
golden snflowers inside, blessed by or own seed - hairy naked accom"lishment#bodies growing
into mad black formal snflowers in the snset, s"ied on by or eyes nder the shadow of the mad
locomotive riverbank snset 7risco hilly tincan evening sitdown vision;
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