Homework Poem by Allen Ginsberg


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Homage to Kenneth Koch

If I were doing my Laundry I'd wash my dirty Iran
I'd throw in my United States, and pour on the Ivory Soap,
scrub up Africa, put all the birds and elephants back in
the jungle,
I'd wash the Amazon river and clean the oily Carib & Gulf of Mexico,
Rub that smog off the North Pole, wipe up all the pipelines in Alaska,
Rub a dub dub for Rocky Flats and Los Alamos, Flush that sparkly
Cesium out of Love Canal
Rinse down the Acid Rain over the Parthenon & Sphinx, Drain the Sludge
out of the Mediterranean basin & make it azure again,
Put some blueing back into the sky over the Rhine, bleach the little
Clouds so snow return white as snow,
Cleanse the Hudson Thames & Neckar, Drain the Suds out of Lake Erie
Then I'd throw big Asia in one giant Load & wash out the blood &
Agent Orange,
Dump the whole mess of Russia and China in the wringer, squeeze out
the tattletail Gray of U.S. Central American police state,
& put the planet in the drier & let it sit 20 minutes or an
Aeon till it came out clean

Alexander Stojkovic 26 March 2013

dont use spanish words! ! ! ! !

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Edward Kofi Louis 22 April 2018

Into the sky! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Robert Murray Smith 22 April 2018

An imaginative write.

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Jesse Marfo 22 April 2018

Superb Creativity there....

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Bernard F. Asuncion 22 April 2018

Such a hard yet noble homework penned in poem by Allen Ginsberg👍👍👍

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Chinedu Dike 27 May 2020

A free flight of creative on winged imagination. Really a witty creation nicely brought forth with artistic brilliance.

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Emila 28 June 2018

It was amazing also good information but it started boring

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Practicing Poetess 22 April 2018

If only it were this easy! Great job, Allen Ginsberg. Your words are truer and more necessary today, than they were while you were still living. An amazing write.

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Richard Wlodarski 22 April 2018

Koch would be proud. A very creatively profound piece of poetry. Ginsberg comes through again. Very well-deserved Poem Of The Day!

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Anil Kumar Panda 22 April 2018

Very nice. Hope you get a chance. Thanks for sharing.

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