The Beat I’m talking about here is the Beat Generation. And nowhere are those who comprised it more creatively presented than in Beat Scene magazine. Edited by Kevin Ring, it’s been going for nearly 30 years, during which 87 issues have appeared (with no. 88 due out any moment). The current number (Autumn 2017) is an On the Road special, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s groundbreaking novel. There are in-depth articles by a host of knowledgeable writers, including Ann Charters (Kerouac’s first biographer), Pauline Reeves, Brian Dalton, Kevin Ring, J. M. White, et al; as well as two interviews (definitely check out Steve Turner’s with Luanne Henderson entitled “Hello Marylou”).
Further good news is that after an unfortunate hiatus (don’t ask!), Beat Scene’s website is back up. By following the various threads, you’ll find ordering information, editor/publisher Kevin Ring’s email address, etc. Just click on this link for it
Beat Scene Press additionally publishes chapbooks. Number 60 in the series, William Burroughs and the South Texas Beats, is a fascinating conversation between Rob Johnson and Juan Ochoa concerning the time Burroughs spent farming in that area. At once witty and urbane, it contains a wealth of priceless WSB insights and observations.
And while you’re at it, treat yourself to a journey thru Beat Scene‘s amazing history, which is here
PS To make matters easier for you, these are the editor’s First Words for November 28th 2017
My book Tsunami of Love: A Poems Cycle has been reviewed several times.
Reviewed in print publications and online. Reviewed from Brooklyn to
Kathmandu and from Edinburgh to Amsterdam. And always favorably. Now it has
been reviewed again, by Mark McCawley in Urban Graffiti magazine. Only this
time it is a review of the Kindle edition (published in 2012), as well as
the CD version (with me reciting the entire collection). It’s an amazing
review, one that has rendered me both breathless and incredibly humbled. And
the latter even though I tend to agree with Lenny Bruce that ‘humility is
the worst form of ego.’ I mean, to be compared to Leonard Cohen (my favorite
living poet and songwriter!), and my book to one of his, is beyond awesome.
It is out-of-sight joy making. I feel truly honored.
So please do read this latest review now
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Buenos dias, amigos y amigas,
Or whatever time of day it is by thee when you get to see this.
Issue no. 10 of Barcelona INK is now available. In both print and Kindle editions. For an enlarged view of the cover, and to read a summary of the contents, scroll down here
And here you have the Kindle edition
Which can be downloaded to any eBook device, or free Kindle app
Barcelona INK is the only English-language literary magazine devoted
exclusively to the Catalan capital.
I am very pleased to be appearing in this issue, with two poems (“A World
Afar” and “Detached Observer”) plus a 20-questions interview.
Also be sure to check out the omnibus Best of Barcelona INK near the bottom
of their page.
Order now and enjoy!
Vaya con Dios, EDDIE
Dear Fellow Poetry Lovers,
I am at once pleased and proud to announce that my classic poem “Mary” is now appearing in the excellent online magazine Urban Graffiti. It is there together with a video clip of me reciting the poem at Ana Montana’s outrageously wonderful sAlon dAdA, in Amsterdam. (This clip was made by Helena Karsten, with whom I’m now working on a film adaptation of “Mary.”) And is further accompanied by the famous Diana Blok & Marlo Broekmans Pietà photograph. In which I am Mary to Diana’s Jesus.
You can get to all of that right now, right here
That’s it, folks. See how short and sweetly to the point I can be sometimes 🙂
Urban Graffiti magazine
I simply cannot resist sending this out. That’s how truly chuffed I am (as the English like to say).
bart plantenga, author of the fantabulously wild-cum-surrealistically inebriated novel Beer Mystic, is progressively penning a profile of each and every one of the 40-odd people/websites/magazines/blogs that are hosting chapters of his book. And now it’s my turn. bart’s piece on me is entitled “Eddie Don’t Do Beer.” And the lad is right. Except for the very occasional witbier or Weißbier (with a slice of lemon added!) on a hot summer’s afternoon, I am nowadays pretty much a gentleman wino.
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Dear lovers of literature and the arts,
My recent and very short story “Chocolate Delight” has just been published in Sensitive Skin magazine. And you can read it now!
But there’s more to tell. Beginning with the news that after 28 years Exquisite Corpse is no more.
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In early July, Blackbird Poetry published Richard Jurgens’ exquisite collection of love poems entitled One Summer. Among those who took especial delight in the book was the poet and editor Richard Livermore, whose online magazine Ol’ Chanty has graciously given this website permission to post his highly favorable review.
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November greetings, y’all!
I hope you are keeping warm or cool or dry, depending on what the weather is like in your part of the world.
But wherever you are, you’re only a couple of clicks away from ordering issue #63 of Beat Scene magazine. Which is hot off the press and contains (along with so much else) my definitive interview with the late troubadour poet Jack Micheline.
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