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Queer Beats : How the Beats Turned America on to Sex - Regina Marler

Queer Beats

How the Beats Turned America on to Sex

Paperback Published: 1st August 2004
ISBN: 9781573441889
Number Of Pages: 248

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The writings that shocked America out of the 1950s

Blasting through the crew-cuts and conformism of their day, the Beat writers were queer in the fullest sense of the word: their fluid sexuality challenged all sexual and romantic conventions. Most shocking of their unconventional attitudes was their embrace of same-sex eroticism. At a time when gay people were considered mentally ill or criminal, the Beats celebrated spontaneity and freedom in thought, word, and action. Their highest value was nakedness—even before Allen Ginsberg stripped bare at a poetry reading to silence a heckler. They would try anything once, then write about it.

Queer Beats: How the Beats Turned America On to Sex traces, for the first time, the queer pulse that throbs throughout the Beats' writings—from William S. Burroughs's Naked Lunch and Allen Ginsberg's wistful, boy-loving sex poems to Jack Kerouac's hero-worship of Neal Cassady—and Kerouac's denial of having sex with men, despite erotic encounters with Ginsberg and Gore Vidal: "Posterity will laugh at me if it thinks I was queer."

Introductionp. xv
The Road of Excess (Or, Saintly Sinners)p. 1
In Societyp. 9
On Meeting Kinseyp. 11
"Nobler, I thought, to die a man than live on, a sex monster..."p. 15
Dead Drunkp. 21
Youthp. 25
"I don't mind being called queer..."p. 31
"Burroughs may be gay, but he's a man..."p. 33
"We owed it to literary history..."p. 35
"Norman wanted to know what had really happened..."p. 39
"Something strange has happened..."p. 41
"I sit naked in my room remembering..."p. 43
"It was a strange, nondescript kind of orgy..."p. 47
Male Muses (Or, Sex without Borders)p. 53
"Oh, I love, love, love women!"p. 63
"I'm on a spree tonight..."p. 65
"Love is not controllable..."p. 67
Bradley the Buyerp. 71
"Posterity will laugh at me..."p. 75
Love Poem on Theme by Whitmanp. 77
Teacher--Your Body My Kabbalahp. 79
"Accept my soul with all its throbbings and sweetness..."p. 83
"If like me you renounce love and the world..."p. 87
Malest Cornifici Tuo Catullop. 89
from Howlp. 91
"I find myself getting jealous of Kiki..."p. 95
The Newport News has arrived in Venice for a week's stay...p. 97
A. J.'s Annual Partyp. 99
from Cut-ups: A Project for Disastrous Successp. 103
"I Met Jack Kerouac in 1958 for One Glorious Moment..."p. 107
A Poem for Cocksuckersp. 113
from Memoirs of a Bastard Angelp. 115
Queer Shoulder to the Wheelp. 117
Me & Allenp. 129
Peter Jerking Allen Off (First Sex Experiment)p. 131
Why Is God Love, Jack?p. 135
Sexual Conditioningp. 137
Sweet Boy, Gimme Yr Assp. 141
Going to Massachusettsp. 143
Hornsp. 155
from The Place of Dead Roadsp. 159
Pages from Cold Pointp. 161
Green Balletp. 185
Hi Risquep. 187
On Neal's Ashesp. 191
"Sex as a biological weapon"p. 193
Rain-Wet Asphalt Heat, Garbage Curbed Cans Overflowingp. 195
Now Francep. 197
"Drag up your soul to its proper bliss..."p. 199
"The gay state"p. 201
Permissionsp. 203
About the Authorp. 209
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ISBN: 9781573441889
ISBN-10: 1573441880
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Cleis Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 152.0  x 1.91