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Frankie Goes to Hollywood Beat Journey Next Move for Frank Skinner?

After Frank Skinner’s beat poetry podcast maybe another programme could see him retrace the Beat journey to California, and be called Frankie Goes to Hollywood after the 1980s pop group!


If it included greenYgrey (and Frank: Road Trip), it could also be the new Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip (just done USA!), with GGF capitals!

New Scooby Doo?

They could also do Scooby Doo, with Frank’s scruffy look and zany personality ideal to play Shaggy!?

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Until then, there’s always the greenYgrey trilogy!

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Beat Poetry and Prose Reviewed by Frank Skinner

Frank Skinner poetry podcast on Beats is now available on Planet Radio, home of Absolute Classic Rock, and many other musical genres, mostly split by decades. I usually listen to the rock show, but if there’s a song I don’t really want to listen to on there, there’s usually one on another of the channels (I have no association with them, and am not trying to influence you!). That may change in the future; I’m open to offers!!; but I have no masterplans for it now!!!

Frank Skinner, Beats and Me

Frank Skinner’s been into the Beats since the late 1960s, so he wasn’t influenced by me! Apart from his comedy, I just related to him before as a working-class football supporter and big drinker; who I remember saying put his comedy before friendships!

Like with most things now, I picked out things I related to, as well as hoping to discover new things. I pretty much knew the Beat history and names he covered, and similarly appreciate it and know its limitations. Here’s some of the notes I made during it; if you’d like more info let me know:

Starts with Sometime During Eternity – Laurence Ferlinghetti

Says it’s not a great poem, but he hadn’t known poetry could be like that.

Beats inspired by Jazz – bebop

Saw writing as a sacred thing

Doesn’t see Kerouac’s On The Road as a novel – more a long poem

Then reviews two poems by Gregory Corso – Bomb : shaped like a bomb, innovative at time; and Man About to Enter Sea:  Sea is our home, man stands for mankind, swim is evolution. Then reality – only bathers on the summer shore, back to ordinary, fights the mundane, like musicians, don’t buy into the ordinary, allow yourself to see beyond that.

No fear of the blank page.

Then Allen Ginsberg: first thought, best thought – crumpled up the paper and trod it into the dirt more than anybody – Sunflower Sutra (1955) – before him and Kerouac were famous (Ginsberg’s Howl published in 56, Kerouac’s OTR in 57).

Thinks Kerouac novels not great on plot: why he’s more of a poet.

Kerouac and the greenYgrey trilogy

In that regard, the first of the greenYgrey trilogy (2008/09 – blogged on Blogpost) is most Beat-like, as it was written without much plot, just literary nonsense. That was like my demo, in the musical arc I worked the trilogy too.

Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps (now available as an ebook for free on Smashwords) was written freely, but then I went back at the end and tied the plot together on a six-month unpaid career break.

I had the denouement of the trilogy in my head before writing Xaw Files: Beyond Humanity, so it was a matter of filling in the blanks really – and choosing an X-Files series and episodes structure for the chapters and sub-chapters made it easier; although the length of it, and trying to make each of the 202 ‘episodes’ worthwhile was still mentally exhausting. It’s available for free as an ebook on Amazon Kindle Unlimited. 


Poem and Reflection on Self and Society

Today’s reflection from 242 Mirror Poems  and Reflections is about communication, with Dr. Marc Latham having gained his PhD in Communications Studies. It reflected a mirror poem on fmpoetry.wordpress.com with the rather long title of:

I Am What You See
But You Are Not Me
Six Billion + of You
Myself – Only a Few

Poetic Inspiration 

English: Brothers' Parting Stone Marked by a m...
English: Brothers’ Parting Stone Marked by a metal sign and has a poem carved into the rock. The poem is impossible to read. Canon Rawnsley (1888) caused the stone to be recognised as a commemoration to the last parting of William Wordsworth and his brother John at Micaelmas 1800. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hi, it’s William Wolfsworth, poetic correspondent at the Greenygrey, inspired by the legendary Romantic poet William Wordsworth.

Marc Latham was an independent writer and poet trying to stop Britain becoming a polluted slave society again like in Victorian times. He didn’t think he’d succeed.

Independent Poets and Songwriters

The book also cites Motley Crue‘s song Merry-Go-Round, with the poem following the California independent rebel narrative from Beat culture through The Doors to LA heavy metal and thrash.

While Vince Neil was the Motley Crue frontman, and Tommy Lee got the headlines going out with Pamela Anderson, Nikki Sixx was the main songwriter, and has also written some books.

Mind Dreams 

Nikki Sixx
Cover of Nikki Sixx

The poem title also references multiple personalities, as Marc was investigating his own psyche at the time, as well as that of modern society.

I don’t think Marc is a mixed-up schizophrenic any more, having found peace in psychopathy from what I can see… but my opinion might contradict that viewpoint… perhaps reflecting complex society… maybe it’s enlightenment… the people certainly don’t see their invisibility… oh, it’s all so greenygrey!

Vinnie Jones made it to Hollywood
but is now battling skin cancer,
the peaks of careers all contain
mines rhymed with disaster.

Here’s the poetic reflection:

Reflection 7

As travel is supposed to change people, it changes words and sentences too. What is meant by the communicator is often changed through relay: whether it is a spoken conversation amongst friends, or a person making a public statement.

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