‘Beat’ of a different drum

Chicano beat poet Christopher Carmona signs copies of his new book Beat. He mentions how queer identity has manifested itself through beat poetry.

“I am an ally and I try to challenge preconceived notions of gender roles such as machoismo and women’s role. My book itself is mostly about being a beat poet, which as you might know is mostly comprised of queer folks — their works and their challenge of rigid sexuality has certainly influenced my work.”

Sounds like a must read.

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