Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Readings: Time Travel

Below is a fragment of a poem entitled, "Autumn Gold: New England Fall" from one of the books that I'm currently reading, The Fall of America by Allen Ginsberg. The book was recipient of the National Book Award for Poetry in 1973. These poems chronicle that frenetic travels of Allen Ginsberg around America, from coast to coast and from north to south, during roughly the period that I was in college until the time that I moved to New York City (1965-1971).

President Johnson in a plane toward Hawaii,
xxxxxFighter Escort above & below
xxxxxxxxair roaring –
Radiostatic electric crackle from the
xxxxxcenter of communications:
I broadcast thru Time,
xxxxxHe, with all his wires & wireless,
xxxxxxxonly an Instant –


I chose this particular fragment of poetry because it seems to me to be so very prophetic.


Mad said...

I like some of Ginsburg's earlier stuff but his later associations with pedophiles make me avoid him much like Ezra Pound's tinfoil-hat anti-Semitism cast a pall over his earlier ouevre.

Rodak said...

The truth, on the tongue of the devil himself, is still the truth.

An Interested Party said...

Sorry to go off topic, but you don't have open threads! I know I've done this to you before because he's a pal of yours, but I'm just curious to know what what you make of this...seems like horseshit to me...but I guess someone has to stand up for the poor, downtrodden white folks...

Rodak said...

Not Derb's finest moment. He is a bit of a White chauvinist. Then again, his wife is not Caucasian...

An Interested Party said...

"He is a bit of a White chauvinist."

Someone less charitable than you might say "racist"...but when that term is being thrown even at someone like Judge Sotomayor, perhaps it has lost its meaning...of course Derbyshire has excellent cover, I guess...after all, as you mentioned, his wife is of Chinese origin...