Rarely have I re-blogged but I feel this article is quite special and will also introduce you to a wonderful poetic venue, the dVerse Pub, hope you enjoy, Kevin
Presumably named the “Beat generation” by Jack Kerouac, one of the Beat Poets, who wrote the novel On the Road. He was describing the “down-and-out status” of himself and his fellow poets. It was quickly becoming a slang term in America after World War II, meaning “exhausted” or “beat down” and provided this generation with a definitive label for their personal and social positions and perspectives.
- Common Domain, AP photograph 1965
- The movement was launched by Allen Ginsberg’s Howl:
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. –Allen Ginsberg
It was so shocking that it became a cause célèbre because of its topics and profane language. By itself it…
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