We are delighted to announce the release of Beatdom #17 – the POLITICS issue. This latest issue marks the ninth anniversary of the founding of Beatdom Literary Journal – a great milestone for a small publication. This time we’re bringing you essays related to the topic of politics and literature, with a focus on Beat writers who are less frequently featured in the pages of Beatdom.
In this issue we look at race, gender, and environmentalism. We examine the works of Allen Ginsberg, Diane di Prima, Joyce Johnson, LeRoi Jones, Gary Snyder, and Hunter S. Thompson. Once again, the incredible artwork for this issue was produced by the talented Waylon Bacon.
“World Citizen: How Politics Shaped the Travels of Allen Ginsberg, and How Travel Shaped his Politics” by David S. Wills
“The Flying Dutchman: An Overview of LeRoi Jones’ Greatest Commentary on the Struggle of the Black Man and Racial Relations in Post-World War America” by Alyssa Cokinis
“Dark Ages” by Stephen Deveraux
“‘America’: Allen Ginsberg’s Hopeful Satire” by Eliot Katz
“Defining Beat: Era, Location, and the Importance of Considering Women” by Matt Wessels
“Turtle Island: An Eco-Critique of Capitalism” by Elizabeth Lee Reynolds
“Tweet” by Damian Rucci
“Ginsberg and the Machinery of Capitalism: A Political Reading of Howl” by Arianna Garofalo
“Gonzo Personas: Hunter S. Thompson and John G. Clancy” by Frederic B. Wildfang
“Echoes of the Revolution: Diane di Prima and the Beat Generation” by William Nesbitt
“Elegy for Allen” by Eliot Katz
“I’m Watching You Watching Me: The Inversion of the Gaze in Ginsberg’s Photographs” by Katie Oates
“Energy and Consciousness” by Robert T. Walker
Review: The Green Ghost: William Burroughs and the Ecological Mind by Chad Weidner