Saturday, March 30, 2019

Brian Beatty On Jack Kerouac

Borrowed Trouble: Micro Tribute to Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)

I wouldn’t write at all if it weren’t for myriad writers before me whose works showed me what was possible. The poems of this series are small offerings of respect, of thanks, to those muses. – Brian Beatty

Jack Kerouac

Old men meditate
down at the end of the bar
to enlighten me.

– Brian Beatty

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1 comment:

  1. Last year after I turned 48 I found myself revisiting the poetry and nonfiction of Jack Kerouac, who died at 48. It occurred to me around my 49th birthday I'd outlived one of the greats, and I wondered what I'd learned from his work and complicated life.


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