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Poetry: July 27, 2022 Issue [#11474]




 This week: Beat the Heat with Beat Poetry
  Edited by: RedWritingHood♡WDC
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About This Newsletter



"Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary."

Khalil Gibran



"I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty."

Edgar Allan Poe





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Beat the Heat with Beat Poetry



“What sphinx of cement and aluminum bashed open their skulls and ate up their brains and imagination?
Moloch! Solitude! Filth! Ugliness! Ashcans and unobtainable dollars! Children screaming under the stairways! Boys sobbing in armies! Old men weeping in the parks!
Moloch! Moloch! Nightmare of Moloch! Moloch the loveless! Mental Moloch! Moloch the heavy judger of men!
Moloch the incomprehensible prison! Moloch the crossbone soulless jailhouse and Congress of sorrows! Moloch whose buildings are judgment! Moloch the vast stone of war! Moloch the stunned governments!”

Excerpt of “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/49303/howl


Okay, so beat poetry won’t help you cool off (unless you add popsicles), but it is a bunch of wonderful reads. It also is fun to write—and tests your skills!


Since beat poetry doesn’t tend to have a form, I’ll just share some information about it and how you can create some poetry inspired by it.



Beat Poetry


As mentioned above, beat poetry is usually free form. It was a movement that began about 80 years ago.


MUST HAVES


--Passion about something that you want to express in poetry

--Lay all out there, the good, the bad, and the ugly (but not unedited). Honest passion is the key here.



COULD HAVES or WHAT IS THE POET’S CHOICE IN ALL THIS?


--Alignment

--Word count

--Topic/theme

--Line count

--Number of stanzas

--Meter (usually not traditional)

--Rhyme (usually not traditional)



SOURCE NOTES:


https://www.britannica.com/art/Beat-movement

https://www.beatdom.com/5-tips-from-the-beats-on-how-to-write-better/

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/move-to-the-beat-crash-course-on-beat-poetry/



In many ways, what was going on in the world that beat poetry grew from, feels like it’s happening again. So, I propose we start our own version—a Beat Poetry 2.0 movement Let’s all get together and Howl!



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Editor's Picks



Theme: Free form and Beat Poetry

 
Drums  [13+]
Do you feel alive? A freeform poem
by A Willow Witch

 Exhale  [E]
Free form poetry. Inspired by a meditation.
by IE

 Millennial Diaper Rash  [13+]
Poetry written in the spirit of the beat generation.
by jmagisano

 This Town Used to Swing  [E]
A spontaneous blast of beat poetry.
by John Farley

Social Suicide  [13+]
My first attempt at beat poetry, it won 2nd place in Shadow and Light Poetry Contest.
by Witchy woman prays 4 Ukraine

 
Heaven  [E]
in Free Verse form
by Gravedigger Dave

 Mas cara  [GC]
First person perspective on the two-face archetype artistically shown through beat poetry.
by RoxyWriter

 Blue Walls  [13+]
A bit of a continuation of my passion for beat/slam poetry. Read out loud if you please.
by CCD

 They Led The Way  [E]
This is a poem about the Beat Generation, who have definitely influenced my poetry.
by Alex74


 
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Comments on last month's newsletter:


From: Monty
Comment: A hot summer day, no I don't have that posted here but I sure have a lot of others.


From: JCosmos

my lover
like a summer’s flower
overwhelming me with sweet aromas.

my lover
came to me in the fall
filling the skies with her color.

my lover
turning november red
our passionate love taking over.

my lover
makes the winter season
disappear with her lovely embrace.


Thank you both so much for sharing!



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