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Can't Stop the Beat: The Life and Words of a Beat Poet Paperback – Bargain Price, May 1, 2011

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Divine Arts (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611250013
  • ASIN: B00740K9JQ
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,623,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Weiss’s art throws a party for the senses. She helped transform U.S. culture.”
—Preston Whaley, Jr. in BLOWS LIKE A HORN

About the Author

ruth weiss is one of the last living significant poets of the Beat Generation. Born to a Jewish family during the rise of Nazism, she eventually made her way to the United States where she became friends with and a contemporary of the likes of Jack Kerouac and many other artists of the 1950s American counter-culture movement of San Francisco (specifically in North Beach). In the 1960s she began spelling her name in lowercase in a symbolic protest against “law and order,” since in her birthplace of Germany all nouns are capitalized. She continues to perform live in North Beach and at many jazz and poetry festivals around the world. In this age of high-speed information exchange, she still uses her “Loyal Royal” metal typewriter.

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By J.F.Langton on March 28, 2013
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ruth weiss writes her name with lower case letters, so I respect her wishes. I've been in touch with this remarkable poet during my writing of a novel about the 195o's in San Francisco and of course I bought her book as soon as it was published. ruth has been largely overlooked as one of the orginators of poetry to jazz. The reason? In the 50's women weren't valued, even in the arts. They were the caretakers and mothers, but ruth's poetry sings of our souls and stands out as the best poetry of the era, whereas the men wrote harsh, brutal verse such as Ginsber's HOWL, and Rexroth's angry ranting against the world. ruth's writing is the best,timeless,and most evoctive in the realm of poetry!
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