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Writing the Beats

Beat era poets have had a profound influence on modern culture and mores as well as contemporary poetics—in particular performance poetry. In this class we will use prompts based on poem by prominent beat era poets such as Ginsberg, Snyder, Ferlinghetti, Diprima, Kaufman and Kerouac. Prompts will explore themes of political poetry/identity environmentalism, feminist poetry, surrealism, and spontaneous bop prosody. We will also look at works by Baraka, Waldman, and Corso for the poetry of rebellion, beat spirituality and neo romanticism. At the completion of the course, poets will have an anthology of their own beat genre poems.



Writing the Beats with Ray McNiece takes place Friday, June 17 at 6-8pm remotely online via Zoom.

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