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Jean-Louis (Jack) Kérouac

Jean-Louis (Jack) Kérouac


Poet: Jean-Louis “Jack” Kérouac

Dates: 12 March 1922 – 21 October 1969

Nationality: American

Title of Poem: On Tears

Tears is the break of my brow,
The moony tempestuous
Sitting downIn dark railyards
When to see my mother’s face
Recalling from the waking vision
I wept to understand
The trap mortality
And personal blood of earth
Which saw me in—Father father
Why hast thou forsaken me?
Mortality & unpleasure
Roam this city—
Unhappiness my middle name
I want to be saved,-
Sunk—can’t be
Won’t be
Never was made—
So retch!


Brief Biography: Kérouac was a novelist and poet. He was a pioneer of the Beat Generation and considered a literary iconoclast. Kérouac’s spontaneous writing methods covered a wide range of subjects including Catholic spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, travel and Buddhism.