Howls of 9/11 Attacks
Sep11

Howls of 9/11 Attacks

Howls of 9/11 attacks Moloch skyscrapers stood looming monstrously large Crowning the shining Battery of Manhattan Two planes crashed south and north towers 500 mph Screeched morning sirens through city streets Ignited jet fuel fireball syringe Apocalyptic overdose Raging inferno, heat intense heat 2500 degrees Fahrenheit Four winged horsemen Terror, waken nightmare, hellish hallucinations Heavy black mushroom squibs Giant ash...

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Episode One
Aug21

Episode One

In this first episode of the Beatdom Podcast, your host, David S. Wills, talks with Charles Cannon about his Burroughs 100 event, discusses the questions of “What is Beat?” listens to poetry by Beatdom contributor, GK Stritch, and speaks with Michael Hendrick, author of the forthcoming novels Egypt Cemetery and Whiskers in the Wind. As this is our first ever foray into the world of podcasting, please forgive our lack of...

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Beets and Beats and Bebop
Jul03

Beets and Beats and Bebop

“I make a crazy Chinese sweet and sour sauce on the hot stove, compounded of turnip greens, sauerkraut, honey, molasses, red wine vinegar, pickled beet juice, sauce concentrate (very dark and bitter)…” Desolation Angels   Big fan of beets Beets roasted in oven Beet tops cooked like spinach Both tossed with extra virgin olive oil and the sea is my brother salt Painted a painting of beets with beet cooking liquid...

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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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A Bun for La Ipleg
May28

A Bun for La Ipleg

Jill got happy two nights at a raspberry bush And thought, “Paul, you of the shining Cape, sea, sea, See if the bake shop opens at three.” “The shop is open,” quoth Paul a-twitter and tweet. “Then let us go get a bun or treat.” Jill wanted not any old sweet, sweet, sweet, But a hot flaky boulangerie fruit croissant, Found only in a jardin in sparkling Wellfleet. Ready. That night the bush blossomed and bloomed, soar spirit of whitest...

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Do you burrow like William Seward Burroughs?
May18

Do you burrow like William Seward Burroughs?

Groundhog, do you burrow like William Seward Burroughs? In a windowless bunker at 222 Bowery? (back in the bad old days on Bowery) Chipmunk, do you burrow like William S. Burroughs? Boro Cooling and Heating, LLC, you provide comfort to the houses of suburbia and the great obese marshmallow pillows. Chirp, Bird, and blow like Birdland, Or birdbrain. Squirrels, do you support unemployed poets? Do you squat at the ghats like the Bard...

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Jack Kerouac Shipped Out from Perth Amboy
Apr24

Jack Kerouac Shipped Out from Perth Amboy

In Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters, 1957-1958 by Jack Kerouac and Joyce Johnson, Kerouac writes to Joyce, “It was a good thing you didn’t come back on the ship with me because it only went to big gas tank barges off Perth Amboy.” Kerouac was headed on the Yugoslavian freighter to North Africa on a Sunday, February 15, 1957, and would meet William Burroughs in Tangier. Joyce Johnson writes in Minor Characters: A Beat...

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Cat in Bop Hat
Apr18

Cat in Bop Hat

Take all blank nights at country blue grass blues To spend one digging cat in be hat At Five Spot You haven’t heard Monk Till ye seen him Thump! Bump! Bump! Thump! Hip jazz angel Hop essential Harp the bass Hype the place Tip the daisy Pull the cup Fly the kite Thing One Thing Two Jackie-ing Blew blue Boo Boo Birthday cup and a cake Sally forth To you bop (In celebration of national jazz appreciation and poetry month [April, USA],...

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