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Beat Poetry [Kindle Edition]

Larry Beckett
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    Book Description

    This is the poetry of the San Francisco Renaissance of the 50s, reconsidered as literature: Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s lyrical cityscapes, Jack Kerouac’s blues and haikus, Allen Ginsberg’s saxophone prophecies, Gregory Corso’s obsessive odes, John Wieners’ true confessions, Michael McClure’s physical hymns, Philip Lamantia’s surreal passions, Gary Snyder’s work songs, Philip Whalen’s loose sutras, Lew Welch’s hermit visions, David Meltzer’s improvisations and discoveries, and Bob Kaufman’s jazz meditations.

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    • File Size: 450 KB
    • Print Length: 154 pages
    • Publisher: Beatdom Books (October 22, 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B009V8HKHS
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Having Known Larry Beckett, this book is a treat! May 28, 2013
    By Ken
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I knew Larry Beckett, and his sister Carolyn, at Loara High School in Anaheim, CA in the mid-60's. Larry was a school leader, a poet, and a lot of fun. He always wore the same interesting pull-over sweater. He collaborated in a band called "The Bohemians" with Tim Buckley and Jim Fielder. Larry and Tim wrote the music, and Jim was just an all-around great musician who would go on, after their 1965 graduation, to work with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Buffalo Springfield, be the founding basist for Blood, Sweat & Tears, and work for decades on the road with Neil Sedaka. Tim would go on to become a major force in folk music, and today his work would probably be called "Fusion".

    As the title, "Beat Poetry", suggests, this book contains works that would be perfectly suited to a coffee house, accompanied by bongos played by Jack Lemon (BELL BOOK AND CANDLE). One of Larry's best known works is "Morning Glory" which is included as a song on Blood, Sweat & Tear's first album, "Blood, Sweat & Tears: Child is Father to the Man"

    This book, and the afore-mentioned album (12" Vinyl LP) from B,S & T will go in a Time Capsule at Loara High School in November, to be opened in 25 years. I hope they can play it then.
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    Larry Beckett's poetry ranges from brief lyrics and songs to blank sonnets and 100-page narrative works. Out of the traditions of the language, he invents bold forms appropriate to his subjects.

    His long poems are part of a sequence in progress called American Cycle, inspired by our folklore and past. Its styles are deeply connected to American speech, whether it's the rough colloquialisms of Paul Bunyan, the bare oratory of Chief Joseph, the circus ballyhoo of P. T. Barnum, the aviation jargon of Amelia Earhart, the backwoods dialect of Blue Ridge, the Spanish words loaned from Old California; U. S. Rivers braids eyewitness history, oral legends, and old folk songs; Wyatt Earp is next. The Cycle's themes are love, local mythology, history, memory, accomplishment, time.

    In Songs and Sonnets, published by Rainy Day Women Press, his sonnets and madrigals center on marriage in our time; these poems trace love day-to-day, with music and intensity.

    His translations of the T'ang dynasty Chinese poet Li Po are rendered in contemporary American images; those of Li Shang-yin are more private and mysterious.

    The Way of Rain, guided by Chinese scholarship, is a reconstruction of the lost order of the Tao Te Ching; The Logos recovers the lost scroll of Heraclitus.

    His translation of Goethe's late cycle East-West Divan is only the fourth complete translation into English.

    The Classics is a new canon of world literature, with essays on its craft.

    Beat Poetry, published by Beatdom Books, is on the lights of the San Francisco Renaissance, reconsidered as literature.

    He thinks of his poems as texts for performance, and they have been recorded. A CD of a reading of his first 32 sonnets is included in the hardbound edition of Songs and Sonnets.

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