Allen Ginsberg

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

Cosmopolitan Greetings - Poem by Allen Ginsberg

Stand up against governments, against God.
Stay irresponsible.
Say only what we know & imagine.
Absolutes are Coercion.
Change is absolute.
Ordinary mind includes eternal perceptions.
Observe what’s vivid.
Notice what you notice.
Catch yourself thinking.
Vividness is self-selecting.
If we don’t show anyone, we’re free to write anything.
Remember the future.
Freedom costs little in the U.S.
Asvise only myself.
Don’t drink yourself to death.
Two molecules clanking us against each other require an observer to become
scientific data.
The measuring instrument determines the appearance of the phenomenal
world (after Einstein).
The universe is subjective..
Walt Whitman celebrated Person.
We are observer, measuring instrument, eye, subject, Person.
Universe is Person.
Inside skull is vast as outside skull.
What’s in between thoughts?
Mind is outer space.
What do we say to ourselves in bed at night, making no sound?
“First thought, best thought.”
Mind is shapely, Art is shapely.
Maximum information, minimum number of syllables.
Syntax condensed, sound is solid.
Intense fragments of spoken idiom, best.
Move with rhythm, roll with vowels.
Consonants around vowels make sense.
Savour vowels, appreciate consonants.
Subject is known by what she sees.
Others can measure their vision by what we see.
Candour ends paranoia.


Comments about Cosmopolitan Greetings by Allen Ginsberg

  • Khairul Ahsan (1/31/2019 11:03:00 PM)

    'Move with rhythm, roll with vowels.
    Consonants around vowels make sense.
    Savour vowels, appreciate consonants' - loved these lines!
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/31/2019 1:33:00 PM)

    Roll with vowels and,
    Remember the Future! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Drtony Brahmin (1/31/2019 10:52:00 AM)

    Change is absolute.
    Ordinary mind includes eternal perceptions.
    Observe what’s vivid. consciousness.. inspiration.. rebel. a fine poem. tony
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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (1/31/2019 9:28:00 AM)

    Consonants around vowels make sense.
    Savour vowels, appreciate consonants. Nice poem
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  • Pranab K Chakraborty (1/31/2019 5:23:00 AM)

    It's not any manifesto, it's the flash of consciousness. Written but no promises to keep its valid action. A flash of conscious. Such writings give us inspiration to speak as you feel, at least the moment you feel as a rebel. Good put by PH. Thanks. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/31/2019 3:41:00 AM)

    A poem of thoughts that might be right or on the other hand might be wrong? Allen did not care for it was his song! (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (1/31/2019 12:45:00 AM)

    there are many things, really like it, fav. one-

    Say only what we know & imagine
    ...Change is absolute
    ...
    The universe is subjective..
    Walt Whitman celebrated Person.
    We are observer, measuring instrument, eye, subject, Person.
    Universe is Person.//// greatly expressed and celebrated the I through the entire universe,

    change
    let it come as groom
    greet it on the path of welfare
    farewell the old hatched egg!
    let the change greet and be great.......////
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  • (3/14/2014 9:22:00 PM)

    Consonants around vowels make sense.
    Savour vowels, appreciate consonants.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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