Monday, April 7, 2008

seven reasons

...[wander] around and around at midnight in the railroad yard wondering where to go, and [go], leaving no broken hearts
...[howl] on their knees in the subway and [be] dragged off the roof waving genitals and manuscripts
...[weep] at the romance of the streets with their pushcarts full of onions and bad music
...[scribble] all night rocking and rolling over lofty incantations which in the yellow morning were stanzas of gibberish
...[cook] rotten animals lung heart feet tail borsht and tortillas dreaming of the pure vegetable kingdom
...[throw] their watches off the roof to cast their ballot for eternity outside of time, and alarm clocks [fall] on their heads every day for the next decade
...[dream] and [make] incarnate gaps in time and space through images juxtaposed, and [trap] the archangel of the soul between 2 visual images and [join] the elemental verbs and set the noun and dash of consciousness together jumping with sensation of [pater omnipotens aeterna deus]

[adapted and excerpted from 'howl' by allen ginsberg, 1956, 1959]