BABALON WITCH BRIDE OF CTHULHU
“What Dragon of cement and aluminium bashed open their skulls and ate up their brains and imagination?
Cthulhu! Solitude! Filth! Ugliness! Ashcans and unobtainable oily dollars! Abandoned children screaming under the stairways! Boys sobbing in monstrous armies! Old men weeping in the lonely parks!
Cthulhu! Cthulhu! Nightmare Babalon, of Cthulhu! Cthulhu the loveless! Mental Cthulhu! Cthulhu the ANIMUS judger of men!
Cthulhu the incomprehensible prison! Cthulhu the crossbone soulless jailhouse and Congress of sorrows! Cthulhu whose buildings are judgement! Cthulhu the vast stone of war! Cthulhu the stunned governments!
Cthulhu whose Babalon mind is pure machinery! Cthulhu whose Babalon blood is running money! Cthulhu whose phallic tentacles are ten armies! Cthulhu whose patriarchal breast is a cannibal dynamo! Cthulhu whose media mouth is a smoking tomb!
Cthulhu whose eyes are a thousand blind windows! Cthulhu whose skyscrapers stand in the long migrant streets like endless Jehovahs! Cthulhu whose factories dream and choke in the fog! Cthulhu whose smokestacks and antennae crown the cities!
Cthulhu whose Babalon love is endless oil and stone! Cthulhu whose Babalon soul is electricity and petrodollar banks! Cthulhu whose poverty is the specter of Babalon genius! Cthulhu whose Feminist fate is a cloud of sexless hydrogen! Cthulhu whose ANIMUS name, is the Babalon Mind!
Cthulhu in whom I sit lonely! Cthulhu in whom I dream Succubae angels! ANIMA crazy in Cthulhu! Pussy-eater in Cthulhu! Lacklove and manless in third-wave Feminist, Cthulhu ANIMUS!
Cthulhu who entered my changeling soul early! Cthulhu in whom I am a consciousness without a body! Cthulhu who frightened me out of my natural ecstasy! Cthulhu whom I abandon! Wake up in Cthulhu! Light streaming out of the sky!
Cthulhu! Cthulhu! Robot apartments! invisible suburbs! skeleton treasuries! blind capitals! demonic industries! spectral nations! invincible madhouses! crucified granite pricks! monstrous bombs!
They broke their backs lifting Cthulhu to a New World Order Heaven! Pavements, trees, radios, tons! lifting the city to Holy-wood Heaven which exists and is everywhere about us!
Visions! omens! hallucinations! miracles! ecstacies! gone down the American river!
Dreams! adorations! illuminations! religions! the whole boatload of sensitive bullshit!
Breakthroughs! over the Babalon river, menstrual red! flips and crucifixions! gone down the bloody flood! Highs! Epiphanies! Despairs! Ten years’ animal screams and suicides! Minds! New loves! Mad generation! down on the rocks of Time! Forgotten!
Real holy laughter in the Euphrates! They saw it all! the wild eyes! the holy yells! They bade farewell! They jumped off the twin tower roof! to solitude! waving! carrying flowers! Down to the BABYLON river! into the migrant street!”
Freely adapted in part, from part II of the poem, entitled: Howl! By Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) Ginsberg once called his protest poem, “an emotional time bomb, which would continue exploding in U.S. consciousness in case our military-industrial-nationalist complex solidified.”
Howl was originally banned for its Entartete Kunst obscenity; customs officials seized 520 copies of the poem on March 25th, 1957, being imported from the printer in London.
On June 3rd Shig Murao, a ‘Dark City’ bookstore manager, was arrested and jailed after an Orwellian sting operation for selling Howl and Other Poems to an undercover San Francisco police officer. City Lights Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti was subsequently arrested for publishing the book. At the obscenity trial, nine literary experts testified on the poem’s behalf. Supported by the American Civil Liberties Union, Ferlinghetti won the case when California State Superior Court Judge Clayton Horn decided that the poem was of “redeeming social importance.”
The greater obscenity is war; nothing has changed; Ginsberg to have foreseen the present insanity. The case was widely publicized. (Articles appeared in both Time and Life magazines.) An account of the trial was published by Ferlinghetti’s lead defense attorney Jake Ehrlich in a book called Howl of the Censor. The 2010 film Howl depicts the events of the trial. James Franco stars as the young Allen Ginsberg and Andrew Rogers portrays Ferlinghetti. It just so happens, the term: Goetia, means, Howl!