Friday, July 15, 2011

Japanese lampshades of intellection




James Baldwin, Allen Ginsberg, and Erica Jong
On the entrance of their apartment building, a printed sign warns visitors: "DO NOT share rumors, stories, and information you have heard."
My Sad Self (excerpt)

To Frank O'Hara

...& listen to
the romantic war news on the radio
... all movement stops
& I walk in the timeless sadness of existence,
tenderness flowing thru the buildings,
my fingertips touching reality’s face,
my own face streaked with tears in the mirror
of some window—at dusk—
where I have no desire—
for bonbons—or to own the dresses or Japanese
lampshades of intellection—

Confused by the spectacle around me...

Allen Ginsberg (1926 - 1997)