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War Profit Litany Analysis

Author: poem of Allen Ginsberg Type: poem Views: 9

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        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


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-


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


and these are the names of the airstations owned by these


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.

                                        December 1, 1967


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