AG: [“Respondez!’] It’s page… You got it?
GC: Alright.[begins reading from Whitman] – “Respondez! – (The war is completed – the price is paid – the title is settled beyond recall) / Let everyone answer! let those who sleep be waked! let none evade!/ Must we still go on with our affectations and sneaking?/ Let me bring this to a close – I pronounce openly for a new distribution of roles;/ Let that which stood in front go behind and let that which was behind advance to the front and speak;/ Let murderers, bigots, fools, unclean persons, offer new propositions!/ Let the old propositions be postponed!/Let faces and theories be turn’d inside out! let meanings be freely criminal, as well as results! /Let there be no suggestion above the suggestion of drudgery!/ Let none be pointed toward his destination (Say! do you know your destination?)/ Let men and women be mock’d with bodies and mock’d with Souls!/ Let the love that waits in them, wait! let it die, or pass still-born to other spheres!”
–Yeah, continue, man, that’s a beauty!
[Allen Ginsberg continues (with Gregory Corso occasionally enthusiastically joining in, reading from Whitman’s “Respondez!”] – “Let the sympathy that waits in every man, wait! or let it also pass, a dwarf, to other spheres/ Let contradictions prevail let one thing contradict another! and let one line of my poems contradict another!/Let the people sprawl with yearning, aimless hands! let their tongues be broken! let their eyes be discouraged! let none descend into their hearts with the fresh lusciousness of love!/ (Stifled, O days! O lands! in every private and public corruption!/Smother’d in thievery, impotence, shamelessness, mountain-high;/ Brazen effrontery, scheming, rolling like ocean’s waves around and upon you, O my days! my lands!”
AG: Can you understand when we’re both doing this? –
[Audio for the above can be heard here, beginning at approximately forty-six-and-three-quarter minutes in, and continuing until approximately fifty-and-a-half minutes in]