19 Following


Currently reading

Robert Lowell
Robert Lowell, Michael Hofmann
Elza: The Girl
Sergio Rodrigues, Zoƫ Perry

Scattered Poems

Scattered Poems - Jack Kerouac Notable for the inclusions of "Fie My Fum" (with Ginsberg) and both versions of "Pull My Daisy" (with Ginsberg and Cassady) which it spawned.

"Rimbaud" checks in at eight pages and "A Curse At the Devil" at six pages. Though they're not long enough to dominate the collection.

There are samplings from San Francisco Blues. The collection concludes with a series of Western Haikus. To quote Kerouac:

A "Western Haiku" need not concern itself with the seventeen syllables since Western languages cannot adapt themselves to the fluid syllabillic Japanese. I propose that the "Western Haiku" simply say a lot in three short lines in any Western language.

I'd give the collection 3 1/2 stars if I could. There are a few pieces that are too difficult to understand or are just meh. So it's not his best, but it's not bad.

"suspected of being a poet"

"sadder then time, than dream, sadder than water"

"Jazz killed itself"

"So we'll deal in the night / in the market of words"