Talk at library examines beat poetry

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published February 25, 2015

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Although noted poet and Wayne State senior lecturer M.L. Liebler said he is not a beat poet, he is friends with many of them.

“Many friendships formed over the years,” he said. The poets he knew included Imiri Baraka, Allen Ginsberg, Ed Sanders, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Michael McClure.

Liebler will talk about the writing and the culture of the beat poets, as well as personal anecdotes, at a program at the Troy Public Library.

Liebler won the Paterson Poetry Prize for Literary Excellence and a 2010 Barnes & Noble poetry award. His books include “Wide Awake in Someone Elses’s Dream,” “Breaking the Voodoo,” “Deliver Me” and “Stripping the Adult Century Bare.”

“We were thinking about programs to tie in with the 60th anniversary of the city,” said teen librarian Olivia Olson. “I have a personal interest in poetry. We thought about how influential the beat poets were.”

Liebler said he presented a movie titled “Poetry in Motion” in Germany that features clips of over 20 contemporary poets performing their work, and Liebler noted that he knew most of the people on the screen.

He said he will read from a poem he wrote about Ginsburg, in Ginsburg’s style.

“It’s like everything in the ’50s and ’60s is more popular now than it was then,” he said. “Way more young people now read ‘On the Road’ (by Jack Kerouac), and the The Doors are way more popular now than in the ’60s. Younger musicians are influenced by the beats.

“The beats were an important part of American literature. They were people who thought outside of the box.”

Liebler will present the program at 2 p.m. March 7 the Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver.  For information, call (248) 524-3538 or visit www.troypl.org.Although noted poet and Wayne State senior lecturer M.L. Liebler said he is not a beat poet, he is friends with many of them.

“Many friendships formed over the years,” he said. The poets he knew included Imiri Baraka, Allen Ginsberg, Ed Sanders, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Michael McClure.

Liebler will talk about the writing and the culture of the beat poets, as well as personal anecdotes, at a program at the Troy Public Library.

Liebler won the Paterson Poetry Prize for Literary Excellence and a 2010 Barnes & Noble poetry award. His books include “Wide Awake in Someone Elses’s Dream,” “Breaking the Voodoo,” “Deliver Me” and “Stripping the Adult Century Bare.”

“We were thinking about programs to tie in with the 60th anniversary of the city,” said teen librarian Olivia Olson. “I have a personal interest in poetry. We thought about how influential the beat poets were.”

Liebler said he presented a movie titled “Poetry in Motion” in Germany that features clips of over 20 contemporary poets performing their work, and Liebler noted that he knew most of the people on the screen.

He said he will read from a poem he wrote about Ginsburg, in Ginsburg’s style.

“It’s like everything in the ’50s and ’60s is more popular now than it was then,” he said. “Way more young people now read ‘On the Road’ (by Jack Kerouac), and the The Doors are way more popular now than in the ’60s. Younger musicians are influenced by the beats.

“The beats were an important part of American literature. They were people who thought outside of the box.”

Liebler will present the program at 2 p.m. March 7 the Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver.  For information, call (248) 524-3538 or visit www.troypl.org.

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