The idea of two contrasting worlds, the natural and the urban, in Allen Ginsberg’s poem A Supermarket in California is echoed in the painting Whither Shall I Wander by Rachel Mello. Ginsberg’s poem begins “I walked down the side street under the trees with a headache/ self conscious looking at the full moon.” The imagery in the poem presents different sides of life, the man-made and the natural; the author seems to be searching for an identity between the two. Both the tone of the poem and the title of the painting convey a sense of being disoriented and lost. Mello’s painting displays urban silhouettes with contrasting pastoral landscapes. By simply looking at the painting, one struggles to decipher between the houses and the rural background. This tension is mirrored in Ginsberg’s poem.

Lizzy

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