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Beat Poetry Night

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Beat Poetry Night
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St. Elmo's Coffee Pub

2300 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
About this show

On April 8 at 7:00 PM, the Duncan Library Poetry Society will present a night of beat poetry and live jazz at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub. Admission is free and guests are encouraged to join in reading aloud poems by Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and other voices of the Beat Generation. Original works in the beat style also fit the bill. (Depending on time and the size of the group, guests may be limited to a single contribution of reasonable length. Taste and discretion are advised.) Readings will be accompanied by bebop jazz performed live by a local three piece combo. The poetry is provocative, and the jazz will be hot. The Friends of Duncan Library are sponsoring the event, and St. Elmo's Coffee Pub is hosting it.

Dressing like a beatnik is optional, but if you are inclined to, see below...

How to dress like a beatnik: Come as you are. Or wear anything black: Turtle necks, skinny jeans, skinny skirts, fisherman's caps, berets, sandals, worn-down black loafers, dark glasses, tights, fishnet stockings. Goatees or soul patches also fit the image. Remember, "beatnik" is not "hippie." Flower children came a generation later.