Written for: dVerse Poets Pub  (posted by Sanaa)
Poetics:  Allen Ginsberg and the Beat Generation

"The Beat Generation was a literary movement that began after the Second World War and is known for its liberal attitude towards life.

It was a movement that concentrated on re-thinking the way that writers regarded contemporary culture, the past and the future. And so, the writing that came from this generation explored the ‘human condition.’ This meant writing openly about darker subjects."

"The Beat poets sought to write in an authentic and unfettered style. “First thought, best thought” was how central Beat poet Allen Ginsberg described their method of spontaneous writing. They took inspiration from jazz musicians, surrealists, metaphysical poets, visionary poets such as William Blake, and haiku and Zen poetry."

"For Today’s Poetics, I want you all to write in the style of the Beat Generation. Pour out the first thought, the first thing that comes to mind and let the words take you forward.

Feel free to write about darker (more under-rated) subjects. The aim here is to explore the “human condition,” and to write spontaneously. Shall we?"

He didn't want to go
to war.  No enlistment,
draft pick.  Agent Orange
runs rampant.  Sores on 
legs that burn.  Proof–
They want proof from
the doctor who treated
him.  This man who now
suffers with dementia
does not remember.  Local
VA is out to lunch, un-
impressed with returning 
calls.  Loop, loop, loop
around the merry-go-round
that is the VA site. Pages
and pages filled are not
enough.  What is the status
of your claim?  Solve the 
maze. Who decides importance
of issues.  Scale of 1-10.
Politicians push for what
benefits them.  Hark back
to a time when Vets benefitted
you-you and your wars
on the back of youth.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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7 Responses to Disgust

  1. Helen says:

    Your beat poem hurt my heart to read …. the truth, the ugly truth.

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  2. sanaarizvi says:

    This is incredibly hard-hitting and poignant, Sara! I agree.. “Politicians push for what
    benefits them.” Sigh. Thank you so much for writing to the prompt! 💜💜

    PS: I added your poem to Mr. Linky list 🙂


  3. Susi Bocks says:

    Wars will endure as long as those with power over others choose to use them for their gain.


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