A REVOLUTION WITHIN A REVOLUTION: AFRICAN AMERICAN AND WOMEN BEAT POETS
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The objective of this research was to shed light on African Americans and Women poets influenced by the Beat Generation. I chose LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, Diane di Prima and Bob Kaufman. I researched each poet's background, poetics, published works and criticisms so I could determine the impact of their poetry. I determined his/her connection and reaction to society through their poetry. Di Prima wrote as a woman, mother and poet in a time when women were struggling to establish their own poetics; Jones/Baraka wrote to find his identity as an African American in society; and Kaufman wrote in the margin against conformity and effacement. Along with their own opinions and point of views, each poet brings a fresh and invigorating look at poetry that definitely stands the test of time to influence generations today.
SubjectInfluence of Beat Movement
African American poetry
Women in the Beat Movement
di Prima, Diane
Abernethy, Olivia (2008). A REVOLUTION WITHIN A REVOLUTION: AFRICAN AMERICAN AND WOMEN BEAT POETS. Available electronically from