7. Larry Beckett and George Wallace

George Wallace

George Wallace

Two very different American poets, both inspired by the Beats.

‘Long Islander George Wallace’s poems explode on the page…But, for all their muscular gestures, these poems also convey sensitivity and irony’ (Robert Peake, Huffington Post). Writer in residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace and, according to Naomi Shihab-Nye ‘a riveting, highly original presenter, he embodies potent rhythm and verve!’.

Larry Beckett

Larry Beckett

Larry Beckett’s Paul Bunyan re-tells the legend of the giant lumberjack for the twenty-first century. It’s a modern epic and a celebration of the everyday poetry of colloquial American English, loose and rough, bragging and unbelievable. Like its hero, the poem has no point, only pioneer spirit; it drifts westward, like the loggers, from Maine to Michigan to Oregon.