Jack Kerouac

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

Jack Kerouac
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Jean-Louis "Jack" Kerouac was an American novelist and poet. He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Kerouac is recognized for his spontaneous method of writing, covering topics such as Catholic spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. His writings have inspired other writers, including Ken Kesey, Bob Dylan, Eddie Vedder, Richard Brautigan, Curtis Meanor, Thomas Pynchon, Lester Bangs, Tom Robbins, Will Clarke, Ben Gibbard, Haruki Murakami, Jacquelyn Landgraf. Kerouac became an underground celebrity and, with other beats, a progenitor of the hippie movement, ... more »

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  • ''It is not my fault that certain so-called bohemian elements have found in my writings something to hang their peculiar beatnik theories on.''
    Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), U.S. author. quoted in New York Journal-American (Dec. 8, 1960).
  • ''All of life is a foreign country.''
    Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), U.S. author. Letter, June 24, 1949. The Beat Vision: A Primary Sourcebook, eds. Arthur Knight and Kit Knight (1987).
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  • edhen (9/21/2018 6:05:00 AM)

    What is the interpretation for this?

  • A Realist (4/22/2018 12:24:00 PM)

    I for one did not like his haiku's, as they were meaningless and not in proper haiku format.

  • Anthony MVHS (3/12/2018 10:26:00 PM)

    Stand Gang.....Period🗿

  • Dj Strampe (2/20/2018 1:15:00 PM)

    My favorite poem of his has got to be Snow In My Shoe, it really spoke to me. The intensity of the words were fantastic and the whole poem was just really relatable.

  • Mark Sak (9/1/2015 7:30:00 AM)

    He is a fine poet but my opinion is he's over rated...

  • Brooke Hippie (4/30/2006 10:00:00 AM)

    wow. amazing. i love kerouac. all the crazy ways i feel about life and living it up comes out in his poetry. yay. thank ya bunches ^_^
    peace
    b

  • Uriah Hamilton (7/12/2005 7:45:00 AM)

    Jack Kerouac, the sad, sweet-hearted
    modern day Li Po,
    my second greatest hero
    after Bob Dylan!

  • J P Klegg (7/6/2005 6:26:00 PM)

    Why on earth isn't there more Kerouac available on this site? ?

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Best Poem of Jack Kerouac

Haiku (Birds Singing...)

Birds singing
in the dark
—Rainy dawn.

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