Allen Ginsberg

(3 June 1926 – 5 April 1997 / Newark, New Jersey)

War Profit Litany


To Ezra Pound

These are the names of the companies that have made
money from this war
nineteenhundredsixtyeight Annodomini fourthousand
eighty Hebraic
These are the Corporations who have profited by merchan-
dising skinburning phosphorous or shells fragmented
to thousands of fleshpiercing needles
and here listed money millions gained by each combine for
manufacture
and here are gains numbered, index'd swelling a decade, set
in order,
here named the Fathers in office in these industries, tele-
phones directing finance,
names of directors, makers of fates, and the names of the
stockholders of these destined Aggregates,
and here are the names of their ambassadors to the Capital,
representatives to legislature, those who sit drinking
in hotel lobbies to persuade,
and separate listed, those who drop Amphetamine with
military, gossip, argue, and persuade
suggesting policy naming language proposing strategy, this
done for fee as ambassadors to Pentagon, consul-
tants to military, paid by their industry:
and these are the names of the generals & captains mili-
tary, who know thus work for war goods manufactur-
ers;
and above these, listed, the names of the banks, combines,
investment trusts that control these industries:
and these are the names of the newspapers owned by these
banks
and these are the names of the airstations owned by these
combines;
and these are the numbers of thousands of citizens em-
ployed by these businesses named;
and the beginning of this accounting is 1958 and the end
1968, that static be contained in orderly mind,
coherent and definite,
and the first form of this litany begun first day December
1967 furthers this poem of these States.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: money, war, poem, work, trust

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (War Profit Litany by Allen Ginsberg )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

New Poems

  1. Memories, anthony john cerrito, sr.
  2. The Sea, Somasekar Sivaprakash
  3. Gods Revenge, Tango Tango
  4. 'Valerie', Katherine Nordhaus
  5. 'Charlie Girl', Katherine Nordhaus
  6. Madrigal Dedicated To An Angel., Marcondes Pereira
  7. Halloween, lee fones
  8. Canned thoughts, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  9. Aunt Giovanna, at 80, Gary Corseri
  10. For To be An Indian English Poet, You St.., Bijay Kant Dubey

Poem of the Day

poet John Clare

I love to see the old heath's withered brake
Mingle its crimpled leaves with furze and ling,
While the old heron from the lonely lake
Starts slow and flaps its melancholy wing,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Grace Paley

 

Trending Poems

  1. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Fern Hill, Dylan Thomas
  4. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  5. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  6. And Death Shall Have No Dominion, Dylan Thomas
  7. Ithaca, Constantine P. Cavafy
  8. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  9. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. If, Rudyard Kipling

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]