Beat Affinities in Spanish Poetry

Authored by: Estíbaliz Encarnación-Pinedo

The Routledge Handbook of International Beat Literature

Print publication date:  May  2018
Online publication date:  May  2018

Print ISBN: 9780415785457
eBook ISBN: 9781315210278
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In 1967, the literary magazine Claraboya/Skylight (1963–1968) published as its fourteenth issue, a special number dedicated to Beat poetry. Including translations of, among others, Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl, for Carl Solomon,” Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s A Coney Island of the Mind, Jack Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues and Gregory Corso’s “Uccello,” this monograph represented one of the earliest and most influential points of entrance to the Beat generation in a Spain still under Franco’s dictatorship. Although this special issue was not the first time the Beats managed to cross the rigid cultural and literary borders of Spain, it did constitute an improvement in both the quantity and the quality of the messages that were being received.

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