Archives for posts with tag: Beat poetry

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one 1
by Thomas R. Thomas

I met
my life
my life
on the road
to Los Angeles

I was
sweetly
intellectual

Then
for the first time
there was
Marylou

I
had arrived

SOURCE: “one 1*” is based on the first page of Chapter 1o in the novel On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Thomas R. Thomas was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the San Gabriel Valley west of LA. Currently, he lives in Long Beach, California. For his day job, he is a software QA Analyst. He volunteers for Tebot Bach, a community poetry organization, in Huntington Beach. Thomas has been published in Don’t Blame the Ugly Mug: 10 Years of 2 Idiots Peddling Poetry, Creepy Gnome, Carnival, Pipe Dream, Bank Heavy Press, Conceit Magazine, Electric Windmill & Marco Polo, and the Silver Birch Press Summer Anthology. In November 2012, Carnival released his eChapbook, Scorpio, and Washing Machine Press released a chapbooklette called Tanka. In October 2013, World Parade Books published a book of his poetry, Five Lines. Visit the author’s website at thomasrthomas.org.

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POUND AT SPOLETO
by Donna Hilbert

saw Ezra

            mandarin statue

aquiline in abstraction

            a tear drop by the aqueduct

chestnut trees in bloom

“Pount at Spoleto” is based on Lawrence Ferlinghetti‘s poem of the same name, found  on page 174 of These Are My Rivers: New & Selected Poems 1955-1993. Watch Lawrence Ferlinghetti read the poem on youtube.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Donna Hilbert’s latest book, The Congress of Luminous Bodies, is availble from Aortic Books or at Amazon.com.The Green Season (World Parade Books), a collection of poems, stories, and essays, is now available in an expanded second edition. Donna appears in and her poetry is the text of the documentary Grief Becomes Me: A Love Story, a Christine Fugate film. Earlier books includeMansions and Deep Red from Event Horizon, Transforming Matter andTraveler in Paradise from Pearl Editions, and the short story collectionWomen Who Make Money and the Men Who Love Them from Staple First Editions (published in England). Poems in Italian can be found in Bloc notes 59 and in French in La page blanche, in both cases translated by Mariacristina Natalia Bertoli. New work is in recent or forthcoming issues of 5AM, Nerve Cowboy, Pearl, and Poets & Artists.Learn more at www.donnahilbert.com.

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DRIFT
by Winston Plowes

My heart hates me.
 
Growing just behind my throat.
 
Like swimmers
with the dizzy procession of waves.
 
We loved,
parts of us loved,
and the rest of us will remain two persons.

“Drift” is based on page 178 of Jack Spicer‘s collection My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan Poetry, 2008).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Winston Plowes is an award-winning poet who lives in the U.K. His poetry has won competition and and has appeared in Found Poetry Review, Ink Sweat & Tears, The Big Issue, Turbulence, The Best of Manchester Poets, Words Undone, and many other literary journals and has been aired on local and national radio.

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Haunt Me
by Scott Stoller

haunt me
with fierce colors,

uneven smiles,
& feverish details,

slippery words
either too hot or frozen.

“Haunt Me” is based on “Cabin” by Anne Waldman. Read the original at poetryfoundation.org.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Scott Stoller’s work has appeared in many online and print journals and anthologies including Weave, decomP, Prick of the Spindle, and Best Contemporary Tanka. He’s a physician in the west suburbs of Chicago.

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UN   WE
by Donna Hilbert

didn’t sleep last night
thinking
about   un   we
consider
un   we
in the abstract
dig it
Un   we  is  some  deal
on TV

common   Un   we  is
all      we       have
freedom
Don’t
be deceived
It’s the system
choice
the way things are
America
it’s    Un   we

“UN WE” is based on “Underwear,” found on page 30 of Lawrence Ferlinghetti‘s collection These Are My Rivers: New & Selected Poems 1955-1993. Read “Underwear” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti at poetryfoundation.org.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Donna Hilbert’s latest book, The Congress of Luminous Bodies, is availble from Aortic Books or at Amazon.com. The Green Season (World Parade Books), a collection of poems, stories, and essays, is now available in an expanded second edition. Donna appears in and her poetry is the text of the documentary Grief Becomes Me: A Love Story, a Christine Fugate film. Earlier books include Mansions and Deep Red from Event Horizon, Transforming Matter and Traveler in Paradise from Pearl Editions, and the short story collection Women Who Make Money and the Men Who Love Them from Staple First Editions (published in England). Poems in Italian can be found in Bloc notes 59 and in French in La page blanche, in both cases translated by Mariacristina Natalia Bertoli. New work is in recent or forthcoming issues of 5AM, Nerve Cowboy, Pearl, and Poets & Artists. Learn more at www.donnahilbert.com.

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HOWL (Excerpt)
by Allen Ginsberg

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,

dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,

angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night

who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz…

……Read more of HOWL at poets.org.

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Photo: “Cadets read Howl, February 19, 1991, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia” by Gordon Ball, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Note: Gordon Ball was a professor of English at the Virginia Military Institute during the 1990s and invited Allen Ginsberg to speak with the students as a guest lecturer to “overwhelmingly positive response,” according to allenginsberg.org. According to the Virginia Military Institute website, Gordon Ball,  PhD, is still a professor of English and Fine Arts at the school.

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HOWL (Excerpt)
by Allen Ginsberg

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,

dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,

angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night

who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz…

……Read more of HOWL at poets.org.

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Photo: “Cadets read Howl, February 19, 1991, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia” by Gordon Ball, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Editor’s Note: I don’t know if HOWL (1955), the ultimate Beat poem, was part of the curriculum at the Virginia Military Institute in 1991 or if photographer Gordon Ball — who from the mid-1960s took photos of Allen Ginsberg and his friends — set up the shot for its humorous possibilities. Perhaps he thought, considering HOWL‘s history — including the 1957 obscenity trial involving its publisher, Lawrence Ferlinghetti — it would be funny to show straight-laced military types reading it.

UPDATE: I’ve learned that photographer Gordon Ball was a professor of English at the Virginia Military Institute during the 1990s and invited Allen Ginsberg to speak with the students as a guest lecturer to “overwhelmingly positive response,” according to allenginsberg.org. And I learned at the Virginia Military Institute website that Gordon Ball,  PhD, is still a professor of English and Fine Arts at the school.