Category Archives: Poetry

Diane di Prima

“Diane di Prima (August 6, 1934 – October 25, 2020) was an American poet, known for her association with the Beat movement. She was also an artist, prose writer, and teacher. Di Prima authored nearly four dozen books. … She edited … Continue reading

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Wanna-Beats: In 1959, Café Bizarre Gave Straights an Entree Into Beatnik Culture

A poet gives a reading on stage at The Bizarre coffehouse on West 3rd St., Greenwich Village, New York City, 1961. “America hit peak hippie in 1967, thanks to the avalanche of media hype that accompanied the Summer of Love. … Continue reading

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Language poets

“The Language poets (or L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets, after the magazine of that name) are an avant-garde group or tendency in United States poetry that emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The poets included: Leslie Scalapino, Stephen Rodefer, Bruce Andrews, … Continue reading

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An Anthology of Chance Operations (1963)

“An Anthology of Chance Operations (An Anthology) was an artist’s book publication from the early 1960s of experimental neodada art and music composition that used John Cage–inspired indeterminacy. It was edited by La Monte Young and DIY co-published in 1963 … Continue reading

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Dorothy Parker Comes Home By Gloria Steinem (1964)

Gloria Steinem in 1964, one year before she interviewed Dorothy Parker. “In moments of family stress my mother often would quote a line or two by Dorothy Parker (‘…better a heart a-bloom with sins/Than hearts gone yellow and dry,’ for … Continue reading

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Peter Gizzi : Introduction to Jack Spicer’s 3rd Vancouver Lecture (June 17, 1965)

“The third Vancouver lecture is in many ways the most contrary and least accessible of Spicer’s lectures, but it may also be the one that most repays the study it requires. On the surface, the lecture strays and rambles, but … Continue reading

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Tracking the Beat Generation Across Three Continents

Jack Kerouac, “On the Road” (1951) “PARIS — Though almost entirely lacking a female presence — artist Jay DeFeo and poet Diane Di Prima being the exceptions that prove the rule —  the Centre Pompidou’s airily laid out retrospective of … Continue reading

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The Now By Luc Sante

“When I was a teenager I was, like most teenagers, preoccupied with the idea that somewhere on the horizon there was a Now. The present moment came to a peak out there; it achieved a continuous apotheosis of nowness, a … Continue reading

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Reporter Sightings: Art Chronicles, 1957-1987 – John Ashbery

“Poet John Ashbery, whose ‘Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror’ won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1975, is perhaps less well known for his art criticism. The best of these essays, written over the course of 30 years and ranging … Continue reading

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Five Spot Café

Charles Mingus, Shafi Hadi, Curtis Porter & Booker Ervin. The Five Spot Cafe, NYC, 1958 “The Five Spot Café was a jazz club located at 5 Cooper Square (1956–1962) in the Bowery neighborhood of New York City, between the East … Continue reading

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