“The Beats are all radical from the marijuana, but deep inside they’re all lovers of Sinatra.”
— Michelle McKinney

The Beatniks (1960) An exploitation film, Paul Frees directs this critique of the counter-culture as a bunch of teen psychopaths . Peter Breck breaks his neck to embody Moon, the murderer in the group. When is it friendship and when is somebody taking advantage? Teenager spin in a singer’s-rise-to-fame plot to imitate a crooner cool and crazy.

Beatitude, Daddy-O, bops

Transcendent, existential,

Sublime, outside of society,

In coffee art-house soirées.

Beatniks, thugs in a Ford with fins,

— Boys will be boys will be girls —

Punks who’ve never heard of Blues,

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Sideburns scar off the hip.

She arrives, Beatitude,

In a Skyline chili parlor

Where quarter jukeboxes

Play inside each booth.

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A sleazy lounge lizard

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Whose cocaine-riddled piano

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Sags from xylophone hangovers.


Bad friends bring you down,

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Even best friends get envious.

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With Genêt as a lover in prison,

Eddie Constantine, where are you?


The Bloody Brood (1959) Peter Faulk will never live down his first film. In the most inappropriate clothes for a beatnik, he quips, “I don’t talk my kicks, I do them.” Julian Roffman directed this B-noir that steals from Little Caesar among others.

Touched by Beatitude, schizophrenics,

Agoraphobics, and autistics

Twitch before coffee and bongos.


They’re making a valiant effort

At playing heroin in the combo.

The beat gang beats up on time.


Hollywood can’t cope with beatniks.

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They only understand gangster movies,

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Not how to sell poetry.

Beatitude scats jive over be-bop.

Cut out, Daddy-O, fly with her

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Where is the Sartre clone?

Simone de Beauvoir was

Every one of my girlfriends.



[Disposable Poems September 4, 2017]

Dr. Mike


















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