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"Beat to Hiphop" is meant more as a measure of time than as target of any particular style. Major issues ...
"Beat to Hiphop" is meant more as a measure of time than as target of any particular style. Major issues and themes include: love, nature, pacifism vs. violence, the avant garde, family, silence, and song.
Contents include original work and translations; performance art and conceptual art; lyrics, arias, and blues; picture poems and calligraphy; prose poetry; sonnets; haiku; meditations and sutras; journal entries; bucolics; jeremiads; postmodernism; and other artifacts from the intersection of meditation and art. Its tapestry of voices includes:
Illustrious (e.g., Peter Coyote, Maxine Hong Kingston, Yoko Ono, Czeslaw Milosz, Robinson Jeffers, Yusef Komunyakaa, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Laurie Anderson, John Cage, Thomas Merton, bell hooks, Stephen Mitchell, Jane Hirshfield) and lesser-known luminaries, plus brand-new discoveries; Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Asian American, African American, Jewish American, Chicano, Polish, Estonian, Australian, etc.; veterans; Beat, pre-Beat, re-Beat, and hiphop; and children of all ages.
What Book!? has an online component: "WhatWeb?!", not a zine but a zone, featuring work not contained in the book including commentary and hyperlinks. http://word.to/whatweb.html
Such an undertaking would never have been possible from any of today's mainstream publishers. Parallax Press has recently published a selection of poems by Ko Un, South Korea's poet laureate, and Philip Whalen, a Beat alumni now abbot of a Zen center - as well as numerous books by Thich Nhat Hanh and titles relating to socially engaged Buddhism.