Carl Solomon – “Suggestions to Improve the Public Image of the Beatnik”

March 17, 2013 at 7:09 am (Poetry & Literature, The Beats)

It is most important now to change the smell of the Beatnik. Instead of using,
for example, the word “shit” so often in their poems, I suggest that they
tactfully substitute the word “roses” wherever the other word occurs.

This is a small adjustment.

It is just as AVANT GARDE so art will suffer no loss.

Instead of saying “MERDE” they will be saying “A rose is a rose is a rose.” Just
as AVANT GARDE, you see, with considerable improvement in the effect created.

Carl Solomon

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