Crossing Nation Poem by Allen Ginsberg

Crossing Nation

Rating: 3.1


Under silver wing
San Francisco's towers sprouting
thru thin gas clouds,
Tamalpais black-breasted above Pacific azure
Berkeley hills pine-covered below-
Dr Leary in his brown house scribing Independence
Declaration
typewriter at window
silver panorama in natural eyeball-

Sacramento valley rivercourse's Chinese
dragonflames licking green flats north-hazed
State Capitol metallic rubble, dry checkered fields
to Sierras- past Reno, Pyramid Lake's
blue Altar, pure water in Nevada sands'
brown wasteland scratched by tires

Jerry Rubin arrested! Beaten, jailed,
coccyx broken-
Leary out of action- 'a public menace...
persons of tender years...immature
judgement...pyschiatric examination...'
i.e. Shut up or Else Loonybin or Slam

Leroi on bum gun rap, $7,000
lawyer fees, years' negotiations-
SPOCK GUILTY headlined temporary, Joan Baez'
paramour husband Dave Harris to Gaol
Dylan silent on politics, & safe-
having a baby, a man-
Cleaver shot at, jail'd, maddened, parole revoked,

Vietnam War flesh-heap grows higher,
blood splashing down the mountains of bodies
on to Cholon's sidewalks-
Blond boys in airplane seats fed technicolor
Murderers advance w/ Death-chords
Earplugs in, steak on plastic
served- Eyes up to the Image-

What do I have to lose if America falls?
my body? my neck? my personality?

Crossing Nation
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Bernard F. Asuncion 13 October 2017

Such an interesting poem posted here at PH...Thanks...

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Kumarmani Mahakul 13 October 2017

Silver panorama in natural eyeball amazes mind under silver wing. This poem is very brilliantly penned from perception. This gives complete idea of poet to the readers. 10

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Alexander Julian 13 October 2017

I lived in Sacramento for many years and what this poet says here about its rivercourse is true beyond ordinary recognition.

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Richard Wlodarski 13 October 2017

Awesome poem by a very complex writer. It was intriguing reading after just having finished reading a biography about Jack Kerouac. So much about what this poem conveys now has a new life.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 01 February 2019

A beautifully crafted poem by Allen Ginsberg.....

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Chinedu Dike 08 June 2022

An interesting rendition insightfully put together with conviction....

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Richard Wlodarski 07 June 2022

Oh Wow! Revisiting this poem, brings back so many vivid memories. The first two stanzas I had captured both on film and through poetry while visiting that majestic environment. So many thx to PH for voting Ginsberg's poem as POD!

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