Modality of Consciousness

The following is a bit from Regina Weinreich's Kerouac’s Spontaneous Prose: A Study of the Fiction, in which she digs up a very interesting description of Kerouac’s “poetic sensibility” by Ginsberg in ch.4, “Modalities of Consciousness”:

"It wasn’t that Kerouac couldn’t do the same thing with regular meaning prose; it was that he was suddenly aware of the sound of language, and got swimming in the seas of sound and guided his intellect on sound, rather than on dictionary associations with the meanings of the sounds. In other words, another kind of intelligence—still conscious, still reasonable, but another kind of reason, a reason founded on sounds rather than a reason founded on conceptual associations. If you can use the word reason for that. Or a 'modality of consciousness'."