chandler's art

The United States of Generica

original design by chris chandler (c) 1994

The United States of Generica

I seen Jack Kerouac

in the back

parking lot of a stop and go.

He was pouring wild turkey

in a Slurpee

sittin on the hood of a Yugo.

We went on the road on a changless scene,

headlights rolled past my eyes like the rolling flash of a Xerox Machine.

Have we all gone blind

from polysterene signs?

Endless repitition of strip mall situations,

fast food attitudes

and telemarketing platitudes?

What have they done to my road?

What have they done to my America?

The interstate made The United States

The United States of Generica.

I seen Walt Whitmann, and Woody Guthrie

on the front seat of a 74 Camero.

The were goin down the road feelin bad - from bad burgers,

orderin food from a drive through window.

With Holy sincronicity, and the luck of a tramp

we found our selves on the same off ramp


We ran

our Caravan

into the parking lot of a Piggly Wiggly.

We all stared in awe at a postage stamp of Elvis.

We all believed

that he was the king

and agreed

that poetry

has got no time for monarchy.

I heard a street corner poet say, "Rock and Roll was once a threat,

but these days, Rock And Roll is a Time Life Anthology.

Rock and Roll will live for ever, Jack.

It lives on in the form of Muzak.

Thats why I am shopping for eternity.

Walt Whitman went wild

on the Pharmisotical isle it was number 21

He did depart

with a shopping cart

full of multi colored condoms

as he said, "I sing the body electric,

but I do it safely.—

William Blake hitch hiking on old route 66,

I said is it better out there in the sticks

where there is not a sign of a K Mart?

Did Ma and Pa sell the family store are the now employed at the Wall Mart?

He said, "Dont dispar,

there is poetry everywhere.—

we flipped on the windows and clicked on the air

and told storys about hitch hiking quoting Boudlear.

Who said, If your gonna get drunk ...

stay drunk...

...on wine on virtue...

... on poetry.—

William Blake once said,

"I had an ephinay looking in a singlel grain of sand.—

We could all see eternity in a single grain...

...of Neutra sweet.

So Im goin down the road feelin bad.

but Woody Guthrie, like you taught me, I aint gonna be treated this a-way

updated: 11 years ago