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Beats At Naropa

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Paperback Book
Coffee House Press
June, 2009
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At Naropa Universitys Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, there has long been an illuminating, dynamic, ongoing exchange of ideas about the history and legacy of the Beat Generationan exchange fortunately that has been carefully archived and preserved. This valuable anthology does not further embalm the legend of the Beats. Instead it allows its readers to hear authentic voices Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, John Clellon Holmes, Diane di Prima, Philip Whalen, well as introducing the thoughtful and responsible work of leading Beat scholars.Joyce Johnson

Amassed from the riches of the Naropa University audio archives, this collection offers an exciting new look at the Beatswhose influence lives on in the art and politics of our time. In this often spontaneous, conversational book, readers are introduced to the hard truths behind being a Beat woman, the haunting accuracy of William Burroughss world-view, the passion and energy of Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman, Jack Kerouacs unexpected musicality, Diane DiPrimas foray into small press publishing, Michael McClures account of the famous first reading of Howl, and, most of all, the inspirations behind Americas most provocative and prescient thinkers.

Contributors include:

David Amram
Amiri Baraka
Ted Berrigan
Junior Burke
William S. Burroughs
Lorna Dee Cervantes
Ann Charters
Clark Coolidge
Gregory Corso
Diane di Prima
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Rick Fields
Allen Ginsberg
David Henderson
Abbie Hoffman
John Clellon Holmes
Joyce Johnson
Hettie Jones
Edie Parker Kerouac
Joanne Kyger
Michael McClure
William S. Merwin
John Oughton
Marjorie Perloff
David Rome
Edward Sanders
Gary Snyder
Janine Pommy Vega
Steven Taylor
Chgyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
Anne Waldman
Philip Whalen
Laura Wright
Joshua Zim

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