Cant Stop The Beat – The Life and Words of a Beat Poet is the latest work by beat poet ruth weiss. (weiss’ name is always lowercase, in protest of “law and order”.) weiss, now in her 80s, is still going strong, showcasing her talent through her thought-provoking poetry.
The book, released in May 2011, covers her life from her childhood, as a Holocaust survivor, through her life during the heyday of beat poetry. While her male contemporaries (think Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg) may have made more of a name for themselves, Weiss definitely is a hero and pioneer of this era…although she gained more recognition in Europe than in the United States.
Weiss’s writing is intriguing. At the risk of being punny, I would say that it marches to the beat of it’s own drum, with feeling and imagination and energy and imagery. Through her words, she gives life to her thoughts and feelings.
If you want an idea of what to expect from this book, check out this audio sample of Ruth Weiss reading her own I Always Thought You Black, a masterpiece-length poem written by Weiss as a tribute to her African American friends. This audio sample is set to some very cleverly chosen jazz music and is quite nice to listen to, so check it out!
If you love beat poetry, and would like to check out Ruth Weiss’ Can’t Stop the Beat, it’s available on Amazon for $11.95, or from other retailers with an MSRP of $15.95.
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