Supermarket in California
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The Supermarket in California
Title: A supermarket that takes place in California where the author describes what he sees or who he sees in there.
Paraphrase: What peaches and what penumbras! Whole families shopping at night! Aisles full of husbands! Wives in the avocados, babies in the tomatoes!—and you, García Lorca, what were you doing down by the watermelons?
At first he was just chill at the supermarket and then when he sees something that caught his attention, he began questioning the situations in his head.
This is not just a poem about Walt Whitman, Ginsberg, or even a supermarket. The title announces that it's a poem about America.
In the poem, the narrator imagines visiting a supermarket in California where he finds Federico García Lorca and Walt Whitman shopping. Whitman, who is also discussed in "Howl", is a character common in Ginsberg's poems, and is often referred to as Ginsberg's poetic model.
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