One fall, I checked out "The Beat Generation" cd/book box set from the library in St. Louis. This is a great set, full of wild jazz, music by beat musicians, radio interviews with folk from the whole Greenwich Village scene, etc. I was inspired.
So grab a cup of joe and pull on your trusty old beret! Here are . . .
The Crazy Rules of Writing Beat Poetry
(it's rules-city cats!)
1. Treat words for emotions and all non-physical concepts as physical objects.
Ex.: "Drink Down Hate"
"Shovel Love off the Driveway"
"Wash all the Infinity off of Your Hands"
2. Use colorful, exotic nouns as adjectives.
Ex.: "Take Dragon Steps"
"Kiss Flamingo Lips"
3. Mix metaphors artfully. In Beat poetry things that are similar are quite often treated as if they are identical.
Ex.: "Swing your Bat in the Cave at the Shadows on the Great Wall of China"
4. Twist relationships.
Ex.: "Drug Addict is a Money Pusher,
Drug Dealer Addicted to Dealing."
BEAT HAIKU -
Soldiers marching in where
Angels fear to soldier
And devils do their laundry
Fear moistens the brow
* * *
An old van is the brothel
Hell on cement blocks
She's barely attired
I just can't bear the
Bare skin whore