Recently, I have been listening intently to Kerouac’s, ‘Blues and Haikus’. In the last fortnight I have given workshops on Blues Poems and haiku, so this recording by Kerouac (almost a synthesis of the two forms) has been a great source of inspiration and has had me dragging out a few of my old Beat recordings by the likes of Burroughs, Ginsberg & Ferlinghetti.
In my listening I stumbled across this classic snippet from The Munsters, where Herman, is called on to deliver a Beat Poem at a gathering of ‘hep cats’.
This gave me a kick! And to my surprise I found a really great write up on the poem/performance by Angela Sorby on Mike Chasar’s Poetry & Popular Culture Blog. Who would have thought, jolly-green Herman was a Beat spirit!