What is RookNet?

RookNet is a living memory of a friend, a poet, an exceptional ‘graphics guy’.

RookNet contains reviews of poetry, photography and digital art. Mainly, this site contains information about our main project called “The Beat Page”.

“The Beat Generation”

The history of literature has been “landmarked” by countless movements of varying styles and direction. The Beat Page is dedicated to the movement that began in the early 1950’s with a small and tightly connected group of young writers who demonstrated a care-free, often reckless and unquestionably fresh approach to literature as well as a demonstrative social stance toward what was sometimes referred to as “The Establishment”. The term “Beat” was reportedly coined by Jack Kerouac in the late 1940’s, but became more common at about the time that writers like himself, Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti were beginning to get noticed. It was quickly becoming a slang term in America after World War II, meaning “exhausted” or “beat down” and provided this generation with a definitive label for their personal and social positions and perspectives.

Founded in 1953 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin, City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco is one of the few truly great independent bookstores in the United States; a place where book lovers from across the country and around the world come to browse, read, and just soak in the ambiance of alternative culture’s only “Literary Landmark.” Although it’s been more than sixty years since the birth of the Beat Generation, the Beats’ legacy of anti-authoritarian politics and insurgent thinking continues to be a strong influence in the store, most evident in the selection of titles.