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

The Beats: A Very Short Introduction by David Sterritt / Oxford University Press / 978-0-19-979677-9 / 126 pagesDavid Sterritt's work might be familiar to Beat or film aficionados through his previous books, which include Mad to be Saved: The Beats, the '50s, and Film, and Screening the Beats: Media Culture and the Beat Sensibility among others.In The Beats: A Very … [Read more...]

The Beat Generation vs. “Beatniks”

"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 the Beats were, and what the term "beatnik" is all about.What is the "Beat Generation"? "Beat Generation" refers to a group of writers who hit their creative stride in the 1940s-1960s. They … [Read more...]

Denise Raphael’s Top Ten Beat Books List

(in no particular order)Scratching the Beat Surface: Essays on New Vision from Blake to Kerouac by Michael McClureDesolation Angels by Jack KerouacPoints in Time by Paul BowlesGasoline by Gregory CorsoPieces of a Song: Selected Poems by Diane di PrimaOur Thang: Selected Poems, Selected Drawings by Ted Joans & Laura CorsigliaTeducation by Ted … [Read more...]

Mario Cesariny

Portuguese Surrealist poet, painter, and playwright Mario Cesariny passed away on November 19, 2006 in Lisbon, at the age of 83.He met Andre Breton in Paris in 1947, was greatly influenced by the French Surrealists, and was part of the Surrealist Group, and later Dissident Surrealist Group, in Portugal.Thanks to Rik Lina for providing the impetus for this page.To … [Read more...]

David Amram: To Laura for Ted Joans

David Amram: To Laura for Ted JoansDear Laura: - I just heard about Ted's passing and wanted to tell you how sorry I was, and hope you will know that you are not alone, and that many like myself (I knew Ted since 1956) will always miss him, as you and his children. - So will all the people around the world of all ages, whose lives he … [Read more...]

Robert Creeley: Ted Joans, Primary Poet

Sad news indeed that old friend and ally Ted Joans has died in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he'd been living for the past few years. Apparently his health, affected by diabetes, had not been good, and though there is as yet no clear report, that seems at the root of what's happened.What to say about this terrific, unbeatable and indefatigable person, wedder of bop … [Read more...]

The Teducated Mouth: John Barbato interviews Ted Joans

Ted Joans, one of the original Beat poets, was born in Cairo, Illinois on 4 July 1928. By his twenties, living in New York City , he moved in the surrealist world of painters, jazz players and poets. If a scene was happening Joans had it covered. A partial list of his friends reads like a who's who of the important creators of the 20th century: Allen Ginsberg, Ella … [Read more...]

On writing poetry – how to write terrific poems

Here are some tips on learning about poetry, finding your unique voice, and writing terrific poems.Preparation & Inspiration for Writing Poetry Read as much contemporary poetry as you can. Those who read little poetry rarely succeed as poets. (Just as those who don't experience a wide variety of foods rarely succeed as chefs, and those with little experience running … [Read more...]

Pete Winslow, Beat/Surrealist Poet

Best known for his poetry, Pete Winslow was also a newspaper columnist, essayist & novelist. A surrealist poet, Pete was also sometimes associated with the Beat Generation.Born October 19, 1934 in the state of Washington, Winslow passed away in September 1972 of complications following surgery, leaving a wife and 5-year-old son behind.Following his death, his last … [Read more...]