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ruth weiss is one of the last living significant poets of the Beat Generation. Born to a Jewish family during the rise of Nazism, she eventually made her way to the United States where she became friends with, and a contemporary of, the likes of Jack Kerouac and many other artists of the 1950s American counter-culture movement of San Francisco (specifically in North Beach) ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Trembling Pillow Press
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Johanna Berliner
I really did want to like this, mostly out of interest piqued by weiss's background, but I found just the language hard to get through - it often feels like the words and lines have just been strung and pieced together. This would, perhaps, be more readily appreciated by someone equipped with a background and understanding of beat poetry, which I don't really have. I got to about Day 20 and had to stop, because I didn't feel as though I was truly appreciating what I was reading.

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ruth weiss (born 1928) is a German-born poet, performer, playwright and artist who made her home and career in the United States. weiss is an artist of the Beat Generation, a label she has recently embraced and that is used frequently by historians detailing her life and works.

weiss spells her name in lowercase as such as a symbolic protest against "law and order," since in her birthplace of Germa
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