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The original manuscript of this book, written between 1954 and 1965, has been in the safekeeping of City Lights all the years since Kerouac’s death in 1969. Reaching beyond the scope of his Mexico City Blues, here are pomes about Mexico and Tangier, Berkeley and the Bowery. Mid-fifties road poems, hymns and songs of God, drug poems, wine poems, dharma poems and Buddhist meditations. Poems to Beat friends, goofball poems, quirky haiku, and a fine, long elegy in “Canuckian Child Patoi Probably Medieval . . . an ...

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Overview

The original manuscript of this book, written between 1954 and 1965, has been in the safekeeping of City Lights all the years since Kerouac’s death in 1969. Reaching beyond the scope of his Mexico City Blues, here are pomes about Mexico and Tangier, Berkeley and the Bowery. Mid-fifties road poems, hymns and songs of God, drug poems, wine poems, dharma poems and Buddhist meditations. Poems to Beat friends, goofball poems, quirky haiku, and a fine, long elegy in “Canuckian Child Patoi Probably Medieval . . . an English blues.” But more than a quarter of a century after it was written, Pomes of All Sizes today would seem to be more than a sum of it parts, revealing a questing Kerouac grown beyond the popular image of himself as a Beat on the Road.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
`` `Develop a pure / lucid mind' '' instructs Kerouac in ``Gatha,'' a poem in this miscellany of what Ginsberg ( Howl ) calls ``notebook jottings and little magazine items'' spanning 1954-1965. The poem's lines and title, referring to Zoroastrianism, signal the influence of Eastern philosophies on Kerouac's ( On the Road ) work. Stylistically, this influence displays itself in his uses of the verb ``to be.'' Lines like ``Enlightenment is: do what / you want / eat what there is'' have a calm, decisive tone and play a defining role, as if uttered after long, disciplined meditation. Another aspect of Kerouac's style directly clashes with this emphasis on clarity, however. He free-associates into a kind of linguistic clutter: ``ole Hotsatots dont footsie / down here bring my gruel, I'll / be cruel.'' Underlying this volume's hodgepodge, then, is the drama of Kerouac the mystic, with his urge toward control, at odds with Kerouac the freewheeling Beat and, on a personal level, Kerouac the alcoholic. Yet as Ginsberg observes in his introduction, division--the sense of life as ``both real and dream''--is the pervasive ``spiritual intelligence'' of the Beats. Given that, this is a perhaps ironically representative volume. (July)
Library Journal
This book, which Kerouac prepared for publication before his death in 1969, collects poems written between 1954 and 1965. Most are playful--comments about friends, variations on the sounds of words. Yet a few extremely sensitive longer pieces appear, including ``Caritas,'' in which the poet runs after a barefoot beggar boy to give him money for shoes and then begins to doubt the boy's veracity. Other intriguing poems reflect the poet's religious concerns of the moment, running the gamut of Eastern and Western religions. Allen Ginsberg's introduction is a disappointment; he rehashes views on Kerouac's Mexico City Blues , laments that his old friend's poems are not anthologized, but barely discusses the poems collected here (many of which contain confusing allusions that could have used some clarification). In general, this book will be appreciated mainly for the light it sheds on Beat literature and on Kerouac's other works. In the next two years, three more of Kerouac's unpublished manuscripts, long held up by the estate, will be published.--Ed.-- Rochelle Ratner, formerly Poetry Editor, ``Soho Weekly News,'' New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872862692
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Series: City Lights Pocket Poets Series Series
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 1,416,324
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 4.98 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Bus East 1
Hitchhiker 8
Neal in Court 9
Bowery Blues 14
On Waking from a Dream of Robert Fournier 26
God 42
Haiku Berkeley 43
Poim 47
Various Little Pomes 48
Two Dharma Notes 51
Gatha 52
Beginning with a Few Haikus 56
[Enlightenments] 66
On Ether 73
Letter to Allen 1955 75
Mexico Rooftop 76
Mexican Loneliness 78
The Last Hotel 80
Berkeley Song in F Major 81
A Sudden Sketch Poem 87
Poem Written In the Zoco Chico 89
Three Tangier Poems 90
Tangier Poem 91
Poem 92
Flies 94
Poem 95
How to Meditate 96
Buddha 97
Poem 100
Haiku 100
My Views on Religion 101
Lady 103
Caritas 104
Poem 107
Lil Poem on Louis Ferdinand Celine 108
Skid Row Wine 109
The Moon 111
Poem 112
The Thrashing Doves 113
The Sea-Shroud 115
My Gang 117
Pax 120
Haiku 121
Prayer 121
Poem 121
Angel Mine 122
Perm 122
Poems ofthe Buddhas of Old 123
Morphine 132
Silly Goofball Pomes 133
Pome 137
3 Poems about Titles of Novels 138
To Lou Little 141
Airapetianz 143
If I Were Jesus, God 145
Idiot 146
Old Western Movies 148
Woman 150
Hymn 151
Goofball Blues 153
Goofball Sillypomes 154
Drunken Scribbling Poem 155
Running Through--Chinese Poem Song 156
Sken 3 160
Cognac Blues 161
Beau Bebe 162
The Shack of Desolation 163
Poor Sottish Kerouac 164
Long Island Chinese Poem Rain 165
Pome 166
Pome on Doctor Sax 167
A Curse at the Devil 170
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2007

    Beautiful

    Kerouac's poems are not for everyone. But if your the type of person that notices the little things in life, like the defeated face that a gas station cashier may wear, or the deep wrinkles of your grandmothers hands, or the morning songs of sparrows, than these are the poems for you. The wonder of Kerouac is that he takes all of the very real matters of the soul and deals with them so simply, so delicately. He may have lived awhile ago, but whenever I read any of his work I feel like I am connecting to a kindred spirit. He knows the world, in all its harshness and majesty. He is one of the few people that just get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2000

    dissapointing

    this collection of kerouac's poems was a great dissapointment. i love his fiction (especially on the road), but his poetry left something to be desired.

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