?The timing is perfect. Women seemed missing from official collections of Beat writing. The women I heard in Greenwich Village seemed rebels - daring, mysterious, strong, able with magical images to say what I hadn
t heard women say... Present Tense writing by young women writing passionately from within, who insist women 'trust yourself (and refuse to be stereotyped, emerging aware conscious and engaged? Lyn Lifshin ?A Different Beat celebrates the voices of the women who participated in this important literary movement. Their work is essential in helping us understand the social and cultural context of their times? Ann Charters)
Here are the forgotten women who marched to A Different Beat. They are women who revolted against conventional femininity - women who broke the rules. Their poetry and stories speak to post-Feminist women of the 90s in ways that the travels and exploits of the male-dominated Beat counterculture can never hope to. This collection contains work by 27 women who are the missing link to the riot grrrls, angry women and Thelma and Louise. Now is the time to rescue this rich history from neglect and give the women of the literary renaissance called ?Beat? a spotlight, a forum to sound a call to arms, a place to beat their own drums. They have been standing in the shadows long enough.
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