Book of Haikus

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Highlighting a lesser-known aspect of one of America's most influential authors, this new collection displays Jack Kerouac's interest in and mastery of haiku. Experimenting with this compact poetic genre throughout his career, Kerouac often included haiku in novels, correspondence, notebooks, journals, sketchbooks, and recordings. In this collection, Kerouac scholar Regina Weinreich supplements an incomplete draft of a haiku manuscript found in Kerouac's archives with a generous selection of Kerouac's other ...

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Overview

Highlighting a lesser-known aspect of one of America's most influential authors, this new collection displays Jack Kerouac's interest in and mastery of haiku. Experimenting with this compact poetic genre throughout his career, Kerouac often included haiku in novels, correspondence, notebooks, journals, sketchbooks, and recordings. In this collection, Kerouac scholar Regina Weinreich supplements an incomplete draft of a haiku manuscript found in Kerouac's archives with a generous selection of Kerouac's other haiku, from both published and unpublished sources. With more than 500 poems, this is a must-have volume for Kerouac enthusiasts everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

Stephen Whited
Kerouac's characteristically sloppy spontaneity inspired a hip version of haiku poetry called "pops," which he defined in Some of the Dharma as "3-line poems or 'pomes' rhyming or non-rhyming delineating 'little Samadhis' if possible, usually of a Buddhist connotation, aiming towards enlightenment." Among a profusion of banal observations, the more enlightening pops were written around 1956 while Kerouac worked as a patrolman on Desolation Peak in Washington's North Cascades ("Desolation, Desolation, / So hard / To come down off of"). Those who have heard the recording of Kerouac trading off haiku with Zoot Sims on saxophone know that analyzing Kerouac's peculiar brand of language riff is futile. It's simply the nostalgia for the Beat vision that makes reading this book a pleasure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142002643
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Poets, Penguin Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 378,255
  • Product dimensions: 4.86 (w) x 6.13 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Kerouac(1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.

Regina Weinreich teaches in the Department of Humanities and Sciences at the School of Visual Arts in New York and has published widely in a range of periodicals. She is the author of Kerouac's Spontaneous Poetics: A Study of the Fiction.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Haiku Poetics of Jack Kerouac
Acknowledgments
Book of Haikus
I Book of Haikus 1
II Dharma Pops 59
Notebooks
III 1956: Desolation Pops/SPRING 81
IV 1957: Road Haikus/SUMMER 105
V 1958-1959: Beat Generation Haikus/AUTUMN 127
VI 1960-1966: Northport Haikus/WINTER 159
Notes 183
Selected Bibliography 199
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