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The Beats: Dan Propper

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This is another post I am publishing based on Seymour Krim’s 1960 anthology of the Beat Movement. Before each Beat writer Krim featured he wrote a short profile. What’s so fascinating about Krim and his little book is that it was written and published when the Beatnik culture was dominating America’s 1950s. So he writes from the perspective of the moment and with the crazy Beatnik vernacular that often was fodder for cartoons, satire, and ultimately Hollywood movies.

Dan Propper

Seymour Krim said of Dan Propper, “The phenomenon of all this is that Propper is 22; much to learn you might think, but also much to forget. Except, as poet-painter William Morris has pointed out (and Morris’ own contribution was squeezed out by space and morality), you only forget when you ain’t. Propper is very bright, with the bitter glitter of missile-age precocity.”

Propper’s long poem “The Fable of the Final Hour,” suitably dark and beaten down toward beatitude is the selection in The Beats.

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Paul Varner

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