Saturday, April 18, 2009

April 18th - National Poetry Month- Diane Di Prima

Rant, from a Cool Place

by Diane DiPrima

"I see no end of it, but the turning
upside down of the entire world"
--------------------------------- Erasmus

We are in the middle of a bloody, heartrending revolution
Called America, called the Protestant reformation, called Western man,
Called individual consciousness, meaning I need a refrigerator and a car
And milk and meat for the kids so, I can discover that I don't need a car
Or a refrigerator, or meat, or even milk, just rice and a place with
no wind to sleep next to someone
Two someones keeping warm in the winter learning to weave
To pot and to putter, learning to steal honey from bees,
wearing the bedclothes by day, sleeping under
(or in) them at night; hording bits of glass, colored stones, and
stringing beads
How long before we come to that blessed definable state
Known as buddhahood, primitive man, people in a landscape
together like trees, the second childhood of man
I don't know if I will make it somehow nearer by saying all this
out loud, for christs sake, that Stevenson was killed, that Shastri
was killed
both having dined with Marietta Tree
the wife of a higher-up in the CIA
both out of their own countries mysteriously dead, as how many others
as Marilyn Monroe, wept over in so many tabloids
done in for sleeping with Jack Kennedy - this isn't a poem - full of
cold prosaic fact
thirteen done in the Oswald plot: Jack Ruby's cancer that disappeared
in autopsy
the last of a long line - and they're waiting to get Tim Leary
Bob Dylan
Allen Ginsberg
LeRoi Jones - as, who killed Malcolm X? They give themselves away
with TV programs on the Third Reich, and I wonder if I'll live to sit in
Peking or Hanoi
see TV programs on LBJ's Reich: our great SS analysed, our money exposed,
the plot to keep Africa
genocide in Southeast Asia now in progress Laos Vietnam Thailand Cambodia
O soft-spoken Sukamo
O great stone Buddhas with sad negroid lips torn down by us by the red
guard all one force
one leveling mad mechanism, grinding it down to earth and swamp to sea
to powder
till Mozart is something a few men can whistle
or play on a homemade flute and we bow to each other
telling old tales half remembered gathering shells
learning again "all beings are from the very beginning Buddhas"
or glowing and dying radiation and plague we come to that final great
love illumination

Diane Di Prima (1934 - )

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