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A Different Beat: Writings by Women of the Beat Generation

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Here are the forgotten women who marched to A Different Beat. They are women who revolted against conventional femininity - women who broke the rules. Their poetry and stories speak to post-Feminist women of the 90s in ways that the travels and exploits of the male-dominated Beat counterculture can never hope to. This collection contains work by 27 women who are the missin ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by Serpent's Tail
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Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Different Beat provides a selection of writing from the many overlooked women of the Beat Generation, including: Elise Cowen, Diane di Prima, Sandra Hochman, Lenore Kandel, Joanne Kyger, Fran Landesman, and Margaret Randall ...

Elise Cowen...

At the acting class
The perfect paper daffofil
Upstages us all
- pg. 27

Diane di Prima...

what are you.
at night/these nights/night
the red.
the hills
where you walk.

and who could tolerate that sky.

what blue is that
your eyes
your lumpy shir
Apr 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Thomas Hale
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wanted to explore outside of the core "canon" of Beat writers, so I picked up this collection with barely any names I recognised. It's a good and varied selection of poetry, prose, fiction and autobiography from women involved in and on the periphery of the Beats. There are a number of recurring figures and themes - Kerouac and Ginsberg are regular characters, for instance, and seeing them described by others helps to humanise (and problematise) their personal mythology. (Kerouac in particular ...more
David Brown
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it
A nice collection of writings from women of the "Beat generation". As with any collection, there's a mixed fare of good and not so good poems/excerpts, fortunately A Different Beat contains mostly good). The book, which celebrates "Grrrl" power is ironically edited by a man. Although the book claims to be about Beat generation female writers, two excerpts are included by Jan Kerouac, daughter of Jack, and a short memoir by a male writer.

It is commendable that the editor, Richard Peabody, made t
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 24, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Feb 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
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