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"Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary."
"I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty."
Edgar Allan Poe
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
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.
As mentioned above, beat poetry is usually free form. It was a movement that began about 80 years ago.
--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?
--Number of stanzas
--Meter (usually not traditional)
--Rhyme (usually not traditional)
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!
Theme: Free form and Beat Poetry
| ||Exhale [E] |
Free form poetry. Inspired by a meditation.
| ||Mas cara [GC] |
First person perspective on the two-face archetype artistically shown through beat poetry.
| ||Blue Walls [13+] |
A bit of a continuation of my passion for beat/slam poetry. Read out loud if you please.
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Comments on last month's newsletter:
Comment: A hot summer day, no I don't have that posted here but I sure have a lot of others.
like a summer’s flower
overwhelming me with sweet aromas.
came to me in the fall
filling the skies with her color.
turning november red
our passionate love taking over.
makes the winter season
disappear with her lovely embrace.
Thank you both so much for sharing!
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