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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: Trees

But a tree has
a long suffering shapeIs
spread in half
by 2 limbed fate
Rises from gray rain
To traffic in the bleak
brown air
Of cities radar television
nameless dumb &numb mis connicumb
Throwing twigs the
color of ink To white souled
heaven, with
A reality of its own uses



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.