Jack Kerouac

(12 March 1922 - 21 October 1969 / Lowell, Massachusetts)

Hitchhiker - Poem by Jack Kerouac

'Tryna get to sunny Californy' -
Boom. It's the awful raincoat
making me look like a selfdefeated self-murdering imaginary gangster, an idiot in a rueful coat, how can they understand my damp packs - my mud packs -
„Look John, a hitchhiker'
„He looks like he's got a gun underneath that I. R. A. coat'
'Look Fred, that man by the road' „Some sexfiend got in print in 1938 in Sex Magazine' –
„You found his blue corpse in a greenshade edition, with axe blots'


Comments about Hitchhiker by Jack Kerouac

  • Lydia Kim (11/29/2014 7:17:00 PM)

    Maybe Jack imagined up this kind of scenario every time he hitchhiked himself. Maybe he wore a funny looking coat and when someone slowed down had a brief flash of story. Some men jumping out of a beat up truck and advancing on him. Jack traveled all over the states and saw many different people some insane no doubt, others plain cruel. These could've been legitimate thoughts he had. Probably short lived as the driver revealed himself to be friendly and harmless. Short lived or not, a thought, a story, is still very much real and a source of inspiration. (Report) Reply

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  • Gigi Levin Gigi Levin (10/8/2014 1:10:00 PM)

    Just like on the road. Out of a drug-addled mind flows wisdom and whimsy galore. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Morgan (10/2/2014 1:07:00 PM)

    Welcome to Beat Poetry. Get a grip! . (Report) Reply

  • Wake Up! Wake Up! (9/30/2014 8:23:00 PM)

    Jack, the WEED is good for writing, NOT the LSD... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 29, 2010



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