Rexroth - Selected PoemsThe Beat Page is my personal project ("with a little help from my friends") and is intended to provide internet users with access to "all things Beat" on the web. My interest in the Beat Generation began when I came across Kenneth Rexroth's "Selected Poems" in a small upstate New York public library. I was immediately impressed with the language and the images his words invoked. I began to seek out other writers within the genre and discovered a historical and literary sub-culture that thrived in San Francisco and New York City from the mid-1940's into the 1960's. It still remains very alive today.

If you've been here before, you no doubt notice the "facelift" that The Beat Page has received. When I first developed the site, I was fairly new to web design and as I learned to master PhotoShop and HTML, I became increasingly unhappy with its appearance. Also, I had done nothing to expand on the site in many months. It was my initial intention to build a sort of "Mecca" that would stand as the ultimate launching pad to all Beat-related sources on the internet, as well as providing a wealth of information within its own pages. This goal went unachieved in the wake of other projects until recent inspiration led me to basically reconstruct the entire site and do it the way I envisioned in the first place. Check out one of the major additions, the Photo Gallery.

I have to give a big thanks to my good friend and fellow "Beatnik" William Cooper for his assistance and contributions to the Beat Page. His research has proven extremely valuable and I'm thankful not only for his help, but for our inspiring conversations on all things literary.

I hope you like what you see here and I'm interested in your comments. I'd like to repeat my statement on the home page that the material offered here is to show appreciation for a generation of great writers and to enlighten others to their work. This page is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only.

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-Ken Rumsey

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Yahoo! Internet Life Magazine - April 1999 The Beat Page was featured in the April 1999 Issue of Yahoo! Internet Life Magazine as the Click Around The Net Dept's "Memorable Site".

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(You can get a glimpse of the old home page.)
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The Beat Page received Netscape's
"What's Cool - Cool Sightings" award, achieving a 9/10 rating for both content and design. Look for the opener "What does 'City Lights' mean to you?" Thursday - April 6, 2000
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See what reviewers have to say about The Beat Page. To date, it's received 3 very favorable reviews (thanks) and hopefully will receive more and bring even more visitors to the web site.

The Beat Page
featured on The Internet News

June 4, 1999

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The Beat Page listed at the top of LookSmart Categories in the category of Beat Generation Literature.
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The Beat Page listed in WebMagic's "Our Favorite's" directory in the category of "Society & Culture".
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