Neo-Beats Out of Control!
At least, they’ve taken over the New Pop Lit site. New Beat writing in all its various iterations.
First, a review of an anthology of Beat-style in-the-larger-sense fiction and poetry.
Second, a current poetry feature of lakebeatgrunge poems from beat56.
AND, a home page Intro to all of this.
(Our self-appointed task is to cover what’s happening in the lit world. What’s happening at the moment might be right here.)
A NOTE ON STYLE
One thing the cultural period of the late 1950’s and early 60’s had was style. The Beats were the obverse to the established “Mad Men” look. (Think Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack, pictured.)
As such, the Beats were relentlessly satirized by established pillars of culture. Thoroughly mocked– in venues ranging from television shows such as Dobie Gillis and The Beverly Hillbillies, to movies such as Funny Face starring Audrey Hepburn. The point is that poets and writers mattered. The Beats suffered the slings and arrows of the culturally challenged but they also created exciting fun art.