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Unformatted text preview: 9. Land of the “radiant future” (“america”—second section) 10. Capitalism gone wild: a response to Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass (“america”—first section) 11. Or rather, a response to the Walt Whitman in Allen Ginsberg’s “A Supermarket in California,” where everything in America becomes a commodity to be sold for a particular price, and nature scenes give way to neon supermarkets and cars. Whitman is “lonely” in Ginsberg’s poem. 12. America is where you buy a past (“buying past”). 13. Elsie, and William Carlos Williams’s poem “To Elsie” or “The pure products of America go crazy” 14. America as a union where parts rebel against the whole. The Patchwork Girl falls to pieces here, leaving parts of herself in a supermarket, in Walmart, etc. 15. But is this necessarily a bad thing? See “diaspora” and “what shape.”...
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- Spring '11
- Ezra Pound, Allen Ginsberg, Leaves of Grass, Patchwork Girl