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4.48  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  18 reviews
A New Beat Newbie number twobie? Ooby dooby! Yes indeedy, we’re back in the slams of British wry wit verse jams. A lyrical, satirical, unequalled sequel with words like hot treacle. A call to be peaceful. Set to the beats, y’all. Find poems and prose full of politics, lunatics, rhythmic kicks, digital ticks, hedonistic highs and desperate fights, alongside conspiracy facts ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published February 1st 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Mike Robbins
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good to get another collection from Harry Whitewolf. He styles himself as a Beat poet but is actually something unique in his own right, writing repetitive, rhythmic, barbed and highly political poems that fall, every now and then, into unexpected humour or tenderness. He has also ventured into travel writing, and is a talented illustrator and cartoonist. Two Beat Newbie, however, is purely poetry. It’s his third such collection, after New Beat Newbie and Propaganda Monkeys, both published in 20 ...more
Andy Carrington
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a first-time reader to Harry Whitewolf’s work, I didn’t have any pre-conceptions or expectations. I had an inkling (from his bio) that he isn’t your typical Shakespeare-esque poet; he likes to have a laugh and muck about with words (not bore the reader to fucking death, obsessing over perfect rhyme/stanzas; writing about the birds/bees; blah, blah, blah…)
He’s angry; witty. Relevant. This I like.
In TWO BEAT NEWBIE he depicts day-to-day experiences with a wider, socio-political edge. A lot of
James Morcan
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How many times can you say the sequel is better than the original?
Well this one is - better than New Beat Newbie which I also gave 5 stars.

Each poem short and easily digestible and instantly relatable - each one felt like it either contained a heartfelt humanitarian message or else an admission of personal suffering and of enduring the human condition. But always, every word of every page felt honest and as close as a poet could be to egoless.

Also loved the Whitewolf's "don't give a flying fuck"
Harry Whitewolf
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: poetry
You can watch some of my accompanying poetry performances for Two Beat Newbie in these vids:

• The Bitter Jug And The Jitterbug:

• Online Comments:

• Yawn Porn:

• The Rhubarb Tree:

• Bilderbergers and Fries:

• Gimme Medication:

• Desperation Zoo: https://www.go
Rebecca Gransden
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It’s dark and raining outside and I sit down to write this review. Hmm. For some time now I’ve been a fan of this poet’s poems. I could say I’m not a poetry person to try and hook those, like me, into giving this collection a shot even though they are not poetry people persons either. It’s only true somedays. Today, this collection speaks to me in a voice so familiar it’s barely a hair’s breadth away. The succinct and direct quality is beyond something I’m capable of, and something to be cherish ...more
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Harry Whitewolf is a man angry at the world and you can feel that on every page. So much of this poetry is disjointed and fragmentary but that perfectly demonstrates the poet’s feeling of disconnection from what he views as the real world by a wall of frothy pop social media and social injustice.

For me, though, the thing I love most about his work is the rhythms and the beat. It’s freestyle jazz played with words. Ideally, these poems should be performed in a dark, smoky jazz club with a lone dr
Rupert Dreyfus
These poems were written by a wordplay genius, a rhyming master and an all round top fella. Every one of these poems spoke to me in so many different ways. For this reason I'm glad to have invested in the paperback because, like the prequel New Beat Newbie, I intend to read these poems over and over and over until I eventually know them off by heart.

Whenever I come across individuals who are using their craft to mouth off -no matter how subtle- my ears pick up because I tend to find that not man
Leo Robertson
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Whitewolf's poetry reads to me like song lyrics, like silent anthems for a non-existent collection of disconnected people. They range from political rants to humorous everyday observations to wistfully autobiographical factoids and more.

In a sense you've thought everything you'll ever read in the poems-- such is often the case with the best artists-- though you've never seen your thoughts this lyrical, this open, aching or humorous. If you want to shy away from them because you find them too sin
Shirley Revill
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic. Total genius.
If you have not read any of Harry Whitewolfs books you are so missing out.
Very highly recommended. Would give ten stars if I could.
Casey Kiser
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Harry's poetic voice doesn't dick around. It's brutal but playful, just the way i like my...well..anyway, This guy doesn't have time for Fakebook or 'Twatter' because he's busy searching...for himself, for answers, for intelligent life, for the others who are searching...and ways he can make the world a better place, do his part. Well, he's doing it. He's trying his best to wake us up from our rotten slumber. Two Beat Newbie never loses steam as each poem is as violently clever and devastatingly ...more
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016, poetry
The Indie poet laureate is back with a new collection of poems and I'm a Newtopian Newbie. My lack of education in poetry makes it difficult to explain my feelings when reading poems, the best I can do is these make me wanna dance. Razzle Dazzle made me dance whilst making odd shapes with my hands, the bitter jug and the jitterbug made me want to... well do the jitterbug and many others made me want to jump up and down in a mosh-pit. In fact this poetry could easily start a mosh pit.

What's chang
Jim Cherry
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I hope this review isn’t redundant of the review I wrote for Harry Whitewolf’s previous book of poems, “New Beat Newbie” but Whitewolf has done it again in this new volume of poems “Two Beat Newbie”. His scintillating and playful use of words makes this volume an entertaining and at times thought provoking read.

Whitewolf certainly has the poet’s gift of using words in a playful manner and finding associations in the words and phrases that a reader might not have put together before.

Don’t worry i
Harry Whitewolf
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
You can watch some of my accompanying poetry performances for Two Beat Newbie in these vids:

• The Bitter Jug And The Jitterbug:

• Online Comments:

• Yawn Porn:

• The Rhubarb Tree:

• Bilderbergers and Fries:

• Gimme Medication:

• Desperation Zoo: https://www.go
Miguel Bizarre
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure and simple: Spectacular!!! A quick read and verified my opinion on the previous collection. Must get more of his works Damn it!!!
Kent Winward
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
So this morning I'm going to update my Harry Whitewolf reading. I finished three of his offerings over the past couple of months and haven't posted anything yet because even though we've never met, I do consider Harry a friend and appreciate not only his writing efforts, but his enthusiasm for those around him whose efforts he also supports. Listen to his work and read it. Harry's is a voice that runs up against the slick, stylized media of today and the onslaught of corporate consumerism. ...more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A sequel that is better than the original, if that is possible. He has honed his wordplay perfectly and produced an entertaining collection of observational poetry we can all relate to in our lives. Funny, fresh and definitely re-readable. Keep them coming, Harry!
Elisabet Norris
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Harry has an uncanny way of making you feel high when reading his work…I’m feeling high on poetry right now!

If New Beat Newbie was the appetizer, then why not just skip dinner and go straight to dessert with Two Beat Newbie?
Harry rolled up New Beat Newbie into a sweet hash joint and smoked it into Two Beat Newbie and partied all night in Brighton.

There was no taming Boom box Harry with brick bar love notes, smashing elitists’ heads…he was fantastically out of control in this one and it could pr
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

All in all this book did not offer as much diversity as I have come to expect from Whitewolf's work. Most of the poems relied on rhyming couplets, onomatopoeia and repetition.

The Orwellian reference to double speak and new speak was highly entertaining and definitely made me think. Clearly the work of an intellectual.

While some topical areas were featured they were drowned out by the bland nature of the pieces.

Perhaps my expectations were the real killer of this text, as I have com
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Harry Whitewolf is doing his own thing.

He's the author of two ragamuffin travelling tales: Route Number 11 (about Harry's five-month drunken journey around Argentina; and across the borders to Paraguay, Chile and Brazil) and The Road To Purification (which describes his mad-as-fuck pot-smoking trip around Egypt). In addition, Harry has written ten collections of distinctive contemporary poetry, in

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