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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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Jack Kerouac PoemsHaiku (Birds Singing...)
in the dark
—Rainy dawn.... more »
Haiku (The Low Yellow...)
The low yellow
moon above the... more »
Haiku (The Taste...)
—Why kneel?... more »
How To Meditate
fall, hands a-clasped, into instantaneous
ecstasy like a shot of heroin or morphine,... more »
'Tryna get to sunny Californy' -
Boom. It's the awful raincoat
making me look like a selfdefeated self-murdering... more »
Society has good intentions Bureaucracy is like a friend
5 years ago - other furies other losses -... more »
The story of man
Makes me sick
I don't know why... 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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Haiku (Birds Singing...)
in the dark