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A Different Beat: Writing by Women of the Beat Generation

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"The timing is perfect. Women seemed missing from official collections of Beat writing. The women I heard in Greenwich Village seemed rebels -- daring, mysterious, strong, able with magical images to say what I hadn't heard women say ... Present tense writing, by young women writing passionately from within, who insist women 'trust yourself' and refuse to be stereotyped, e ...more
Paperback, 275 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Serpent's Tail
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Read for school. This book is mostly memoir and poetry, and while I didn't read all of it, I think I read enough to get a good feel for the writing. In class, we looked at the writing of 10 of the 27 authors: Carolyn Cassady, Elise Cowen, Diane di Prima, Jan Kerouac, Joan Haverty Kerouac, Joanne Kyger, Joanna McClure, Margaret Randall, Laura Ulewicz, and Anne Waldman. The poems were a little "out there" for me, but then I'm not much of a poetry fan anyway. Some of them had really nice rhythm and ...more
Confession: I only read half of this book - i.e. the prose and narrative sections, and I enjoyed those very much. I could not make it through ANY of the poetry, which was half of this book. It was almost completely inaccessible to me and I couldn't force myself to finish a single poem. But I very must enjoyed the prose/narrative/memoir choices, especially from Neal Cassady's and Jack Kerouac's wives.
I actually read Gargoyle 60, not A Different Beat. But I do want to read about the women of the Beat Generation. And the book about the Morton Salt Girl. Gargoyle 60 was like a water-balloon hurled at my migraine-head. That is a good thing. Some of my favorite fiction was '13-Part Story with Mime,' 'Comment Cards' and 'The Idea of Isabel.' Favorite poems -- 'My Underwear,' 'Homage to my Father's Tearlessness' and 'Swimming the Firth of Forth.' I hope that's helpful. Oh, and the non-fiction piece ...more
read this in seattle, right after my time in bali doing writing workshops with anne waldman, wanted to find out more about her work and the context of her work. i had kind of hated beats because of how male centric it all was. this book led to me discovering diane di prima, and she was such a good way into the whole beat thing, her and anne.
My husband is a huge Kerouac fan, and I have read some of his books. I was really excited to read book of short stories written by women of that generation. It was a really good read, I couldn't put it down.
mimi albert
carolyn cassady
diane di prima
joyce johnson
hettie jones
joan haverty kerouac
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