Coming Soon: The Buddhist Beat Poetics of Diane di Prima and Lenore Kandel

Beatdom Books’ next publication will be released on August 1st. That’s Max Orsini’s The Buddhist Beat Poetics of Lenore Kandel. Don’t forget to pre-order your copy or set a reminder to buy it when it goes live on Amazon. 

Synopsis 

In the 1950s, the authors of the Beat Generation helped introduce American readers to Eastern philosophies and, in particular, to Buddhism. Poets like Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, and Jack Kerouac are often credited with this phenomenon, while, as is so often the case, the women are sidelined.

In this illuminating new study, Max Orsini examines the impact of two female poets, Diane di Prima and Lenore Kandel, in shaping American Buddhist poetics. Orsini charts the evolution of their poetry against a backdrop of cultural conservatism, and explores the journeys they set out on that were very different from those trodden by their male counterparts.

About the Author

Max Orsini is a professor, poet, literary critic, and singer-singwruter from Brooklyn, NY. He has spent time living abroad in Switzerland, and Italy, but has more recently been living and teaching in Madison, NJ following the completion of his Doctorate from Drew University in 2016.

Buy the Book

You will find The Buddhist Beat Poetics of Diane di Prima and Lenore Kandel on Amazon (including a Kindle edition), or you can pre-order here.

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David S. Wills is the founder and editor of Beatdom literary journal and the author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs the Weird Cult. He travels a lot and currently lectures in China. He also runs an ESL website. You can read more about and by David at his blog, www.davidswills.com or on Tumblr.

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