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This summer, Beatdom will be releasing two incredible new books: Straight Around Allen: On the Business of Being Allen Ginsberg by Bob Rosenthal and The Buddhist Beat Poets of Diane di Prima and Lenore Kandel by Max Orsini. 

Straight Around AllenStraight Around Allen

Allen Ginsberg was not just a poet; he was one of the most recognizable and outspoken public figures of the late twentieth century. From the mid-fifties onward, Ginsberg was rarely out of the public consciousness as he raised civic and spiritual awareness for all causes large and small. He traveled the world, reading poetry in more than sixty countries, and managed to organize university degrees and mentor young poets.

Arranging Allen’s life took a team of dedicated and talented people, and of these people poet Bob Rosenthal worked as Allen’s personal secretary over two decades.  In this intimate new book, he tells what it was like to be behind the scenes of the Allen Ginsberg industry. From first encounter to Ginsberg’s death, Rosenthal recounts the highs and lows of employment in the internationally most-famous-living poet’s circle, in a book that is in turns poignant and hilarious, always fascinating.

Written straight from the heart, Bob’s book will survive as an invaluable companion to Allen Ginsberg’s poetry.  What a great poet! What a great American life!

— Ann Charters

The Buddhist Beat Poetics of Diane di Prima and Lenore KandelBuddhist Beat Poetics

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.


These two books will be released this summer. Make sure that you are among the first to receive a copy by pre-ordering.


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David S. Wills

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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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