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Beat Poets (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)

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This rousing anthology features the work of more than twenty-five writers from the great twentieth-century countercultural literary movement. Writing with an audacious swagger and an iconoclastic zeal, and declaiming their verse with dramatic flourish in smoke-filled cafés, the Beats gave birth to a literature of previously unimaginable expressive range.

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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 9th 2002 by Everyman's Library
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The editor states up front that not all of the poems are of a high quality. This collection is about showing a wide spectrum of the writers and poems considered a part of the Beat era. I think the book accomplishes this goal nicely. If you'd like to broaden your understanding of who and what was being written during this time, as well as, gain a small glimpse into a few of the authors thoughts on the craft, I would recommend it.
Jennifer Kulaya
If you're unfamiliar with beat poets this is great collection with which to start. It includes poets and poems you may have heard, and many you may have not. It was the broadening on my horizons and with the discovery of new - new to me - work which I enjoyed most.
I would rate this 3.5 stars if possible. This is a lovely little anthology, some poets newly discovered that I adore and will seek out again and others I will not. I would recommend this to those interested in the beat writers and poetry dabblers alike.
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maybe the only book i take with me everywhere.
dropped in a bag or stuffed in a pocket.
i can find every emotion in it.
i can look myself up, and there i am, on page.
not to mention;
the cover design is gorgeous.
I've been dipping in & out of this for months, purposefully not reading it all; it's a totally brilliant little book actually, & it's the poets you're less likely to have heard of that really make it, not the big names.
Mariah Alicia
The beat era always fascinated me. So, I chose to read this book to read poems from the most influential writes from this era. But this book only fulled my love for Allen Ginsberg even more. Sill a good read.
Beat poets are so up their own butts it makes me want to puke. But if you want a decent collection of different poets from that time period, this one is as good as any.
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Carmela Ciuraru is not a pseudonym. Her anthologies include First Loves: Poets Introduce the Essential Poems That Captivated and Inspired Them (Scribner) and Solitude Poems (Alfred A. Knopf/Everyman’s Library). A graduate of Columbia University’s Journalism School, she is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN American Center. She has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles T ...more
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