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Writing Poetry with the Beats
Sam Kashner, a teenager in love with poetry in the 70s, went to the Naropa School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, CO to study under the leaders of the Beat Poetry Movement: Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Gregory Corso and Anne Waldman.
Listen to an NPR podcast to find out about his experiences.
If you want to read Kashner's book about Naropa, When I Was Cool, ask your librarians and we'll order it for you.
Some Interesting Newer Poets
- Bhanu Kapil writes Cyborg poetry
- Ann Carson bases her poetry on Greek mythology
- Douglas Kearney writes about what it means to be a black man at the beginning of the 21st century
- H.D. wrote Imagist poetry during the first half of the 1900s and was feminist before people were ready for it
- Frank O'Hara was one of the most distinguished members of the New York School of poets, which also included John Ashbery, James Schuyler, and Kenneth Koch
- Gertrude Stein was a patron of the arts and modernist poet in Paris during the first half of the 20th century
- Adrienne Rich, one of America's most celebrated poets wrote the famous poem, "Diving into the Wreck"
- Gwendolyn Brooks wrote the groundbreaking volume of poetry, The Bean Eaters. She also wrote the famous poem "We Real Cool"
- Sylvia Plath wrote confessional poetry and the novel The Bell Jar
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