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The BeatsA Teaching Companion$
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Nancy M. Grace

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781949979954

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781949979954.001.0001

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Beat Performance Poetry

Beat Performance Poetry

Ginsberg, Kaufman, and Waldman

(p.289) Chapter Twenty-Two Beat Performance Poetry
The Beats

Deborah R. Geis

Liverpool University Press

The essay investigates the influence of Beat performance poetry on the contemporary slam poetry movement, which includes many participants who openly acknowledge Beat antecedents for the social justice content of their poetry. The essay focuses on the Beat performance poetry of Allen Ginsberg, Bob Kaufman, and Anne Waldman, and discusses at length the ways in which the author teaches Beat literature as well as performance poetry.

Keywords:   Slam poetry, Social just, African American, Ginsberg, Kaufman, Waldman, History, Competition

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