HUM BOM!

Hum Bom!

Allen Ginsberg

I

Whom bomb?
We bomb them!
Whom bomb?
We bomb them!
Whom bomb?
We bomb them!
Whom bomb?
We bomb them!

Whom bomb?
You bomb you!
Whom bomb?
You bomb you!
Whom bomb?
You bomb you!
Whom bomb?
You bomb you!

What do we do?
Who do we bomb?
What do we do?
Who do we bomb?
What do we do?
Who do we bomb?
What do we do?
Who do we bomb?

What do we do?
You bomb! You bomb them!
What do we do?
You bomb! You bomb them!
What do we do?
We bomb! We bomb them!
What do we do?
We bomb! We bomb them!

Whom bomb?
We bomb you!
Whom bomb?
We bomb you!
Whom bomb?
You bomb you!
Whom bomb?
You bomb you!

May 1971

II

Why bomb?
We don't want to bomb!
Why bomb?
We don't want to bomb!
Why bomb?
You don't want to bomb!
Why bomb?
You don't want to bomb!

Who said bomb?
Who said we had to bomb?
Who said bomb?
Who said we had to bomb?
Who said bomb?
Who said you had to bomb?
Who said bomb?
Who said you had to bomb?

We don't bomb!
We don't bomb!
We don't bomb!
We don't bomb!
We don't bomb!
We don't bomb!
We don't bomb!
We don't bomb!

for Don Cherry and Elvin Jones
New York, June 16, 1984

III

Armageddon did the job
Gog & Magog Gog & Magog
Armageddon did the job
Gog & Magog Gog & Magog
Gog & Magog Gog & Magog
Armageddon does the job
Gog & Magog Gog & Magog
Armageddon does the job

Armageddon for the mob
Gog & Magog Gog & Magog
Armageddon for the mob
Gog & Magog Gog & Magog

Gog & Magog Gog & Magog
Gog Magog Gog Magog
Gog & Magog Gog & Magog
Gog Magog Gog Magog

Gog Magog Gog Magog
Gog Magog Gog Magog
Gog Magog Gog Magog
Gog Magog Gog Magog

Ginsberg says Gog & Magog
Armageddon did the job.

February - June 1991

May 12th, 2014

The Writer in His Century

THE BEAT GENERATION

Allen Ginsberg / Kerouac / Burroughs

‘HUM BOM!” > onomatopoeia

> doesn’t make sense but it sounds meaningful > whom bomb ?

(Sur qui lancer des bombes)

Sounds like Slam

But it’s not what he says but the way he says it that matters / strikes us.

something hidden ?

Bomb

job

ban

Saddam

Bush”

> shouting

plea for

speech

Bush

Tongue Twister but faster and more aggressive

crescendo

leitmotiv

repetition + variation

alliterations

questions

change the end / beginning

> jazz + poetry

So this document is both a protest piece (social / political)

and a piece of poetry.

This poem evolves in time > everchanging message in tune with political events ( wars > Vietnam / Afghanistan / Gulf War / Irak )

Literary Time Bomb

It explodes literary conventions / destroys our categories

1st stanza > ‘we’ includes the poet and the reader

them > the unknown victimes / strangers / innocents?

2nd stanza > whom > who for / who on / which victims

3rd stanza > you identified with the victim / the reader is the victim of his own decisions / acts

4th stanza : you : reader / we : poets

5th stanza

we poets target the reader / try to destroy the reader

> we are responsible for the bombs we get / send

>> propaganda against war from a gang of partisans / members of their private club of rebels who want to challenge the US dream.

1984 < Asking questions about the authorities / decisions : the monsters (cf / ie Grapes of Wrath)

questioning decision makers + gvts

WE DON’T BOMB! > reads on like a motto / slogan in a street protests / prtosts songs Woody Guthrie

1991

Armageddon > Apocalypse

Gog > forces of Good Maggog > forces of Evil in the Jewish Bible

> a way to symbolize the end of humanity /

nuclear disasters

beat : frapper / a beat : battement / rythme / to be beaten : être anéantis

Question conversation challenge

What are we here for?

Who are we?

Where are we going ?

When are we leaving?

How did you become this crazy?

What if the sky was pink?

Coffee or Cigarettes ?

What? Gracia? Really?

I was drunk last night, wasn’t I?

You are crazy, aren’t you?

Aren’t we all?

Next Monday

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