“Resolution: In order to rise as a poet, the craft of poetry must be studied and known. Painful as it may be, hours each day should be spent scanning poetry sheets and volumes of the past. New conscious ground expansion and ordinary proficiency both executed daily. The craft should fit like a glove. Exactly: from my own life, not sources from myth.” – Joanne Kyger, The Japan and India Journals
The fifth volume of the Journal of Beat Studies honors Ann Charters, emerita professor of English at UConn-Storrs, the first president of the Beat Studies Association, and the founder of the field of Beat Studies. Volume five features a new interview with Charters, the republication of her famed Jack Kerouac: A Bibliography (1967, 1975), never-before-published letters about the bibliography and her 1966 visit with Kerouac to review his archives, as well as testimonials from scholars, an essay on her Herman Melville/Charles Olson research, and photographs by and of Charters and other Beat writers.