Book of Sketches (Penguin Poets)
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In 1952 and 1953 as he wandered around America, Jack Kerouac jotted down spontaneous prose poems, or "sketches" as he called them, on small notebooks that he kept in his shirt pockets. The poems recount his travels—New York, North Carolina, Lowell (Massachusetts, Kerouac’s birthplace), San Francisco, Denver, Kansas, Mexico—observations, and meditations on art and life. The poems are often strung together so that over the course of several of them, a little story—or travelogue—appears, complete in itself. Published for the first time, Book of Sketches offers a luminous, intimate, and transcendental glimpse of one of the most original voices of the twentieth century at a key time in his literary and spiritual development.
sweater for a picture — When — O when, reading the N.Y. Times, he thought he was learning everything — & has learned but decay only — & sadness of partings — (4) Mr Whatsisname in beat ragged coat in r.r. office, has same haggard anxious soulneglected sorrow as he searches among ledgers, mouth open, as my father in his shop of old yore — with glasses on nose, blue eyes, — O doom, death, come get me! I cannot live but to remember — old puff lined Jack, go put a poor
palms, silent & dismal & unfriendly in the blank gray day — Certain again I was lost — But — ride to junction from a guy (I forget now!) — & there, on open hiway, I get ride from new car to Hickory N.C. 90 miles — with furniture veneer wood agent who knows Yokleys of Mt. Airy & talked & was intelligent (Sheepshead Bay, book review for High Point etc.) — at Hickory I was at foot of my worse trip — mountains — but had no time to despair, a blond hero boy in a red rocket 88
— & like the forest — has no name I know of — gloop — ” Carolyn Blake is making bacon & eggs & boiled potatos for supper because lately the family’s been eating up breakfast foods — just cereal & toast — “Hm what pretty bacon,” she says out loud. On the radio now’s the Lone Ranger. Lingering statics clip & clop amongst its William Tell Overtures — a rooster foolish crows — Hand on hip, feet crossed, casually, a cig burning out in the ashtray, she picks the bacon over with
boards, cartons, lumberyards, junkyards, cellophane — The winter in Italy? — April in Paris! — January in Venice! — Summer in England & Scandinavia! Fall in North Africa! Winter in Baghdad! — !! — CONSUMER CREDIT & the new E. A. Mattison Budget Finance Plan Inc. is just a loan to someone to finance, manufacture, distribute & sell a product, such as home freezers — But this is going in debt in order to pay it off with savings. You borrow money, buy or invest, & then
waiting, cleaning himself for the Day of the Lord O Smart Not Crazy! Saturday Afternoon Window Bugle bubble blower — freckled kid bubbling — Sad lill blue yellow rubber wallet — Bldg. blocks half inch thick — “Junior Architects” bldgs blocks — Star Stamper, lill girl stamping *’s Lil pickaninny penny dolls with safety pin, cloth, lil red cherry lips in black face — Lil plastic bulldozers — Tiny Tim bicycles — Nickles Dimes Quarters Amt. Dep. cash register plastic