Wednesday, April 7, 2010

On Burroughs' Work

The method must be purest meat
and not symbolic dressing,
actual visions & actual prisons
as seen then and now.

Prisons and visions presented
with rare descriptions
corresponding exactly to those
of Alcatraz and Rose.

A naked lunch is natural to us,
we eat reality sandwiches.
But allegories are so much lettuce.
Don't hide the madness.

-San Jose, 1954

Reality Sandwiches
by Allen Ginsberg

The Pocket Poet Series

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