Movie Review – Kill Your Darlings


Long before Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs would be celebrated as the poetical and political figureheads of a ‘beat generation,’ there was a murder.

In the new …{read more}

Ginsberg and Lowell

Allen Ginsberg by Larry Keenan. Robert Lowell by Elsa Dorfman. Both copyright by their respective creators

the alignment of planets    parents
and the cost of going
ensured that I missed the 
Albert Hall in 1965

it was just an early disappointment
and not outstanding
because over  ...{read more}

Six Poems by Patrick Mackay

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Jack Spicer and the Loyalty Oath

“The testing of a University faculty by oath is a stupid and insulting procedure. If this oath is to have the effect of eliminating …{read more}

Two Songs for Samson: An Invective Poem for Carl Solomon

Carl Solomon - Mishaps, Perhaps

Two Songs for Samson
(an invective poem)

for Carl Solomon

Where goes your nose, Old Sam?
How mighty a germ that nestled there
Could cause so mighty a blow?
Does …{read more}

Beat Generation film – “Kill Your Darlings” trailer released!


Kill Your Darlings dramatizes an actual event that took place in 1944, as the writers who would later be identified with the Beat Generation became embroiled in a murder that …{read more}

Two new poems by Alessandra Bava

Photo credit: RJ917 / CC BY


(to Lawrence Ferlinghetti)

the voice slowly uncurls some pages of life, revealing Allen's

           "There is a HUGE                          		          HOLE in the sky" -

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Review – The Beats: A Very Short Introduction by David Sterritt

The Beats: A Short Introduction by David Sterritt

The Beats: A Very Short Introduction by David Sterritt / Oxford University Press / 978-0-19-979677-9 / 126 pages

David Sterritt’s work might be familiar to Beat or film aficionados through …{read more}

Charged Vision: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg

Jack Kerouac by Allen Ginsberg

The photographs of Allen Ginsberg recently were on display at the Jewish Contemporary Museum in San Francisco. Walking through the museum is like going on a jaunt through Beat History. …{read more}

Cry, Exploration, Ceremony

Howl by Allen Ginsberg / Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko / Diving into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich. Collage copyright Empty Mirror.

Oppositional postmodernist literature is associated with the Beat movement and came about after the terrible, unforeseen destruction of World War II. While the modernists were positive about the human spirit …{read more}

The Beat Generation vs. “Beatniks”

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“Beatnik” is sometimes – incorrectly – used to describe to the Beat Generation writers and artists. We’re going to straighten out the confusion for you! Here’s an explanation of who …{read more}