Supermarket is Allen Ginsberg reflecting on his great inspirer, Walt Whitman:

For Ginsberg, for beat poets, and many other genres then and now, Whitman is the Great American Poet.

Supermarket laments an America of broken ideals and passive consumerism, but its sheer beauty and depth of insight go to prove that poetry was still in good hands.

The hot jazz interplay between the cool words in Birth Of The Cool adds a new level of sensuality to Ginsberg going to the market.

The aggressive passion of the beat generation for break on through ways of being productive is also on Allen Ginsberg's mind here.