“America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing. / […] America when will we end the human war? / […] America when will you be angelic? / […] America why are your library full of tears? / […] America stop pushing I know what I’m doing […]”
(from Allen Ginsberg, “America”, 1956)
Do Americans know what they’ll be doing tomorrow, 6 November 2012, election day?
The ‘diptych’ above inspired me to another Book spine poetry – on choosing candidates.
Madness and Civilization
How Fascism ruled Women Mindful Dreaming
Disgrace (of) A Good American
Should I say which candidate would be ‘madness’ if he wins?
The books are:
Michel Foucault, Madness and Civilization. A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason, New York: Random, 1988 – Victoria De Grazia, How Fascism Ruled Women. Italy 1922-1945, Berkley and Los Angeles: U of California P, 1992 – J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace, Viking 1999 – David Gordon, Mindful Dreaming, Franklin Lakes, NJ: New Page Books, 2007 – Alex George, A Good American, New York: Amy Einhorn Books, 2012.
The soundtrack, while waiting for election results, takes us to Ohio – where else?
And here an interview with Matt Berninger, the band leader, for NPR on their political views (thanks to my best friend M. for leading me to this interview).
Good luck, America!