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When I Was a Beatnik or How I Became a Poet

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When I Was a ‘Beatnik’ “How I Became a Poet” By Mark Baird In the 1950s and early 1960s the teenagers and college students that were artistic and anti-establishment were labeled as “Beatniks.” They were influenced a lot by growing up during World War II, French philosophy and music, Existentialism, jazz and poetry. Ezra Pound, Ginsburg, Camus, Sarte, and Kerouac, were some of their literary heroes. They would congregate in coffee houses, cafes, on steps of colleges, libraries, museums and on the grass in parks. Or they would find an abandoned building and meet there. A particularly common building they occupied...
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