Review: This Ain’t No Holiday Inn
Jun14

Review: This Ain’t No Holiday Inn

This Ain’t No Holiday Inn: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995 By James Lough   New York’s Chelsea Hotel has a special place in American culture. It has surely been a home, or a home-away-from-home, to more influential artists than any other building in the nation. To list the famous names in American art and literature that have stayed there would require more words than can be devoted to one book review, and would serve...

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#barwisdom
Jun14

#barwisdom

“Imagine,” he said with a look of genuine sadness, “all the billions of people who’ve lived through this mundane life without having ever been retweeted by someone famous.” Melissa stared at him, jaw agape. “I’m serious. Look at these poor saps.” Carl gestured around the bar, which looked just like any other bar in any other city in America. “To think that even ten years ago they’d go through their miserable existences without the...

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Summer Beat Reading
Jun13

Summer Beat Reading

The summer of 2013 sees the release of yet more promising contributions to the field of Beat studies. In Beatdom #13 we will be reviewing each publication, but here is a little information for those of you who’re too eager to wait. Two of these books were written by Beat contributors, so we’re doubly excited about their release.   This Ain’t No Holiday Inn: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995 by James...

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Ha! Sunflower
Jun13

Ha! Sunflower

  I’m as good a farmer as tea growing Lee, which is to say, no farmer at tall Glass sky majoun town penthouse Starry night twinkles, silver moon sleeps in bay Lived I in puffy clouds, watched ocean ships glide out Next door Red brick abandoned factory Broken old glass windows boarded Planted seeds in city dirt Ah! Sun-flower in weeds Sunflower sutra, artus, trasu, rastu, ustra The sunflower’s wide open face, made of seeds Its own...

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Big Punk
Jun05

Big Punk

“Punk: Chaos to Couture” Costume Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York (The exhibit runs until August 14, 2013.) “…I, Jackie Duluoz,…big punk…” Doctor Sax Punk was anti-fashion, so the notion of punk couture is absurd. Punk was one of those labels such as “beatnik” that those from within didn’t like. (Yes, Legs McNeil the founder of Punk coined the term, but who went around referring to himself as a punk or...

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Our Cover Collections
Jun05

Our Cover Collections

Since 2010, Beatdom has been publishing books in addition to the literary journal. So far we’ve out out five books (3 fiction, 2 non-fiction) with one more coming soon, and big plans for after...

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Poetry of Roller Coaster in Ocean
Jun04

Poetry of Roller Coaster in Ocean

Hurricane throws roller coaster in ocean Breakers crash Turbulent foam Roller coaster stands in cold mid-Atlantic Ultimate seaside water ride Water slide High tide, low tide Twisted metal Open sky Roller coaster big twisted spider lace monster Ocean is bigger On deck of big, big ship Octopus black ink night High, high up Winds scowled and howled The ship was big, so big But salt ocean, bigger The sea is my brother Big brother, so big,...

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Shanghai Wishes Allen Ginsberg a Happy Birthday
Jun03

Shanghai Wishes Allen Ginsberg a Happy Birthday

Today, June 3rd, is Allen Ginsberg’s birthday. All around the world, people are raising a glass or otherwise celebrating the life and work of this great man. In China, a country not known for its freedom of speech, Ginsberg’s epic poem, “Howl”, will be given its first bilingual public reading. There aren’t many English language links for this event, but here’s one. And here’s the cool poster...

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