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A Different Beat: Writing by Women of the Beat Generation
by Richard Peabody (Goodreads Author)
Both a rediscovery and a celebration, this anthology gathers the beat period writings of 26 women. The work aims to provide a celebration of the female independence of mind and spirit.
Paperback, 270 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Serpent's Tail
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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.
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
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