The Dream of a Ridiculous Man
Dec28

The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

Going from ridiculous to “madman” is a rise in his social position He is laughed at, absurd, and proud And concludes nothing in the world makes any difference He decides to kill himself with an excellent gun A shabbily dressed eight-year-old girl runs to him on the street in despair Her Mummy is dying someplace nearby He shouts and sends the trembling child away Goes home that dismal November 3, examines his conscience and has a dream...

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Coming Soon…
Dec27

Coming Soon…

Happy holidays, folks. Here at Beatdom we’ve been desperately battling technical problems in order to bring you the latest issue of our literary journal. While we had hoped to have it on the shelves prior to Christmas, we’re working hard to make sure that it’s on sale before the end of 2013. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with our progress....

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Dostoyevsky’s Heavenly Christmas Tree
Dec21

Dostoyevsky’s Heavenly Christmas Tree

For “electronic laser TV generations that don’t read Dostoyevsky” quoth Allen Ginsberg Fyodor, Fedor, Feodor Dostoevski, Dostoievsky, Dostoevskii, Dostoevsky, Dostoyevsky was a psychologist, pardon, novelist His Christmas story is about a six-year-old boy, perhaps younger than six The boy is in a great city Alone with a sick mother In a cold damp cellar Starving He touches his mother So cold is she Dead cold It’s dark in the cellar...

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A Gentle Creature
Dec19

A Gentle Creature

A gentle creature A slender young woman, fifteen years and nine months With very large eyes An orphan who lives with two aunts, mean They beat and treat her as a slave, and begrudge her daily bread She has one option: marry a (two wives in the grave) fifty-year-old shopkeeper and mother his children . . . She tries to get a job . . . but can’t The pawnbroker proposes He’s the lesser evil than the fat and watchful shopkeeper She takes...

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New ‘Festival of the Beats’ for Ipswich
Dec17

New ‘Festival of the Beats’ for Ipswich

A new literary, art and music festival celebrating the Beat Generation is being launched in Ipswich next month. The month-long “Festival of the Beats” will feature a series of fringe events at various locations in the build-up to the main festival weekend – from January 31 to February 2. Poetry, spoken word, film, live music and art exhibitions will be held at the Town Hall to pay tribute to a literary movement which took off in...

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Propositioned By Ginsberg
Dec16

Propositioned By Ginsberg

August, 1968, Chicago. It was the Summer of long hair, and long hot nights. Small wonder America would soon be in flames, when all the South Side was sleeping on the beach by Lake Michigan. Like London in the Underground, during war. And there was war. Guerrilla fighting on the streets, from the top of city monuments. War against the war, war against the shadows on the walls after dropping acid. War against the staid, complacent,...

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Volume V: On Bravery
Dec15

Volume V: On Bravery

“It is possible that a starving African farmer has less sense of injustice than a middle-aged Western male who has never been fellated.”  -Michael Foley 1. I went to this birthday party at a bar. It was for a friend of a friend, and he’d hired a psychic for the evening. Everybody got a free reading. The psychic is an attractive blonde. She’s sitting behind a small square table. I walk into the darkened room, shut the door...

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White Nights
Dec14

White Nights

White nights Young nights Petersburg romantic lights Ivanhoe and Norman knights Rossini’s la-la lends delight Two poor lovers . . . enter a third Confess each other’s sorrowed souls The loneliness of life Illusions and dreams Tears and despair Grandmother pin those skirts so tight Le notti bianche Cinema Visconti ‘57 was the year Marcello danced up in the air Go A moment of bliss . . . for all of this * The short story “White Nights”...

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