Jason Disley’s Beat to a Pulp Reviewed on ZANI

Written by Matteo Sedazzari
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The talented and suave Modernist beat poet that is Jason Disley, has produced a collection of poems, Beat To A Pulp, to add to his increasing body of work.

Disley’s sequel to his debut novel, Seven Day Fool, a story about a private detective in mid-sixties Manchester, entitled Take It or Leave It, is currently in production with the publisher. Disley’s debut CD Speakeasy is out now on Heavy Soul Records and he is currently appearing at some of The March of the Mods’ gigs across the country. So, the dapper Disley, it is only a question of time before his dress sense is recognised by GQ, is certainly getting a great deal of recognition for his toil and panache, and rightly so, we say at ZANI.

Yet Beat To A Pulp isn’t just an anthology of poems, even if it was, that would still be a good thing. No, the verses tell a tale in the pulp fiction genre, without being highbrow, in fact far from it, as it is a pulsating and pleasant page-turner, the way pulp fiction should be.

Beat To A Pulp is laced with wonderful characters, small-time crook; Johnny -on-The Spot, gangster moll and femme fatale; Ruby, a ‘real doll’, ruthless crime boss Jack Rabbit Blood, the hardboiled private eye Aldous Beech, the dishonest hack Marcus Hound and a few more. Their stories are told, as their lives interweave in a jive and jazz style narrative, that you can hear the late and great Humphrey Bogart narrate in his husky, dry and distinctive voice.  Furthermore, I believe Beat To A Pulp would make a wonderful animation film, as the words instantly conjure up film noir images, in your mind’s eye

Disley certainly draws from his inspirations, such as crime writer and creator of Phil Marlowe, Raymond Chandler and the beat poet Allen Ginsberg to create a truly unique and upbeat work of poetry and fiction. In short pop culture at its finest.

Jason Disley’s Beat to a Pulp Available Here  

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Matteo Sedazzari

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