On Mexico City Blues (8th Chorus)

Allen Ginsberg on Jack Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues continues from here

AG: “Mysterious Red Rivers of the North. -/ Obi Ubang African Montanas/of the Gulchy Peary/ Earth..’ – (Now there’s really a pretty cadenza – “Obi Ubang African Montanas/of the Gulchy Peary/Earth” –  Admiral Peary, who discovered the North Pole, was it?  Or South Pole? -[Editorial note – Admiral Robert Peary is credited with leading the first expedition to the North Pole (in 1909).]  ” …Gulchy Peary/Earth/Lakes of Light – Old Seas -/Mississippi Rivers, Chicago,/ the Great Lines-/ The Small Rivers like Indiana,/ the Big Ones/ Like Amazon/  Joliet flew…”:

What is Joliet?  Joliet? Where is Joliet?  [Editorial note – Joliet the town is in northeastern Illinois on the Des Plaines River]
Student:  (It’s a city)
Peter Orlovsky:  ..Mississippi, or something?
AG:  In Illinois.
Student:  (Yeah)
AG:  Outside of Chicago.
Student (2):  It’s an explorer, right?
AG:  Yeah.  That’s right, he’s an explorer [Editorial note – Louis Jolliet (1645-1700) was a French-Canadian explorer].
Student (2):  Right.
AG:  So “Joliet flew” – yeah, flew up the river.

“Alma, the River of Snowy Love/ – Amida, of Brightest/Perfect/ Compassion” – (Amida Buddha, future Buddha –  “Alma” –  soul, I guess –  “Alma” means “soul” in Spanish.  And there must be a town called … there is a town called Alma in Mexico? – [Editorial note – There is a town, a ghost-town, Alma in New Mexico, but surely he’s not recalling that]
(So he’s just recollecting geographical names again and then adding little pretty attributes).

“The Tamiyani Trail across/ the Everglades- /A i  la  r a  l a/ l a  r a i  l a   r a- “[Allen repeats the phrase] – (So it’s just pure sound there) – “The Tamiyani Trail across/ the Everglades/A i  la  r a  l a/ l a  r a i  l a   ra” (So he just was getting pure sound there, just for the sound)

“Singing breasts of women/of earth receiving/ Juicy Rivers – red earth” – (It’s like a pastiche – a little geographical pastiche).

Audio for the above can be heard here, beginning at approximately  eleven-and-a-quarter minutes in and concluding at thirteen-and-a-quarter minutes i

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