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Thu, 22 Jan 2009 20:19:39 -0800
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Allen Ginsberg - War Profit Litany

To Ezra Pound

These are the names of the companies that have made money from this war
Nineteen hundred sixty eight  Anno domini  four thousand eighty Hebraic
These are the Corporations who have profited by merchandising skin burning
phosphorous or shells fragmented
                to thousands of  flesh piercing needles
and here listed money millions gained by each combine for manufacture
and here are gains numbered, index'd swelling a decade, set in order,
here named the Fathers in office in these industries, telephones directing
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, consultants to military, paid by their industry:
and these are the names of the generals & captains military, who know thus
work for war goods manufacturers;
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 banks
and these are the names of the air stations owned by these combines;
and these are the numbers of thousands of citizens employed 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