Pop Versus Subterranean by Jason Disley
The latest collection of Modernist Beat Poetry written by Jason Disley.
A simple miscellany of verse dedicated to those who are creative. The bohemians, the artists, the mavericks. The go getters and the dreamers. The stylish and the cool. The doers, the give it a goers, and the likeminded souls, who believe in living for today.
Jason Disley Becky Nuttall
Released : March, 2021
Book, 122 Pages
Print Book: Pocket Book (4.25 x 6.875 in / 108 x 175 mm), Standard Black & White, 60# Cream, Paperback, Matte Cover
List Price: GBP 10.99
Jason Disley’s latest book on Beatnpress is a pocket sized collection of modernist beat poetry entitled Pop Versus Subterranean, with an introduction from poet and artist Becky Nuttall. The underlying ethos of the collection is the relationship between popular and underground culture, that what is underground today could be popular tomorrow.
But it’s scope is so much wider than that. The thirty poems here draw you in with their rhythms, take you on a journey with their imagery that conjure up a vision of modern living – pre covid and beyond – mixed with beat literary themes and references. There’s Pop art, jazz, culture, society and suburbia, with an underpinning of social conscience and morality – from the excesses of over-privilege, through Black Lives Matter and revolutions of the past, to reference to Les Zazous of forties Paris. Along with much more.
These are subjective descriptions of Pop art sensibility with, like the very best beat poetry, a turn of phrase, a shared viewpoint into the madness out there. There are those wonderful moments when experiences cross, when you know that you see the world the same way. “A dented tin on a shelf”, “raindrops pooling in my mind”, “peacocks leaving a trail of hypnotic eyes” are a few such instances. They are phrases that conjure up images, ones you won’t quickly forget.
The opening description dedicates the book to “those who are creative. The bohemians, the artists, the mavericks. The go getters and the dreamers. The stylish and the cool.”