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Book of Blues Best known for his Legend of Duluoz novels including On the Road and The Dharma Bums Jack Kerouac is also an important poet In these eight extended poems Kerouac writes from the heart of experience

  • Title: Book of Blues
  • Author: Jack Kerouac Robert Creeley
  • ISBN: 9780140587005
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Paperback
  • Book of Blues By Jack Kerouac Robert Creeley, Best known for his Legend of Duluoz novels, including On the Road and The Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac is also an important poet In these eight extended poems, Kerouac writes from the heart of experience in the music of language, employing the same instrumental blues form that he used to fullest effect in Mexico City Blues, his largely unheralded classic of postmodern liteBest known for his Legend of Duluoz novels, including On the Road and The Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac is also an important poet In these eight extended poems, Kerouac writes from the heart of experience in the music of language, employing the same instrumental blues form that he used to fullest effect in Mexico City Blues, his largely unheralded classic of postmodern literature Edited by Kerouac himself, Book of Blues is an exuberant foray into language and consciousness, rich with imagery, propelled by rhythm, and based in a reverent attentiveness to the moment In my system, the form of blues choruses is limited by the small page of the breastpocket notebook in which they are written, like the form of a set number of bars in a jazz blues chorus, and so sometimes the word meaning can carry from one chorus into another, or not, just like the phrase meaning can carry harmonically from one chorus to the other, or not, in jazz, so that, in these blues as in jazz, the form is determined by time, and by the musicians spontaneous phrasing harmonizing with the beat of time as it waves waves on by in measured choruses Jack Kerouac

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    1. Jack Kerouac reminds me of my father in law a little, though my father in law s hands are ever working with drywall, fiberglass, salvaged wood scraps, and various buckets of construction slops rather than with words They both, however, swill ed bourbon like mother s milk But the true substance of this comparison is their sensuous sloppiness coupled with an emotional apprehension of the world that can slip into the maudlin exposing a raw sensitivity that often masks itself in devil may care boori [...]

    2. ok guys gonna b real w u all these were bad poems It reads like ur favorite problematic art boy got drunk and decided to re write ulysses but with a halfhearted appropriation of jazz I m a little sad I didn t really get this but in all honesty I m actually kind of angry this book exists Like whatever kerouac I m glad ur trying shit out and writing angsty poems about hot girls in your notebooks But also like do we have to find every last unpublished notebook full of bullshit kerouac wrote and rel [...]

    3. Hmmmmmh call.I think this is one of those books that divides the bona fide Kerouac fan from the Kerouac freak Come to think of it, I probably used to belong to the latter category but now most probably belong to the former category Like with so many of Kerouac s poetry collections, there are highs and lows Even in his largely unheralded classic Mexico City Blues, some pages are disappointing Is this the best the King of the Beats has to offer, I wondered at times But here I must stop and remind [...]

    4. Mary Karr, the ex girlfriend of my arguably the argument is in my own head favorite author David Foster Wallace wrote Such a small, pure object a poem could be, made of nothing but air, a tiny string of letters, maybe small enough to fit in the palm of your hand But it could blow everybody s head off I think many poems would in fact blow everyone s heads off, if people were apt to read poetry Sadly, some of the finest works of art are lost lost not because they are buried or stolen, but because [...]

    5. I like Kerouac s books, I like Ginsbergs poetry, I love Burroughs, I love avant garde poetry So I was expecting to enjoy this.But this was the worst poetry I have ever read in my entire life I honestly don t understand all these high ratings at all.It is hard to describe, It isn t all terrible, but a majority of it is Most of it looks like the guy was trying to do cutups, and then when you realize he wasn t and he was seriously trying to write poetry about the streets of these cities it makes yo [...]

    6. While I love Kerouac s prose, I am not a fan of his poetry This collection did nothing to change that However, I did like the first batch in here, the 80 choruses titled San Francisco Blues The San Francisco in here is not the one that the tourists see It s battered and dreary, filled with drunks, whores, and the weary working man That all struck a chord with me The rest of the poems did not, some seemingly just gibberish to my eyes.

    7. There are a lot of folks who may just not get this, and that s OK Looking back through the eyes of the 21st century, it s sometimes difficult for people to grasp, but the key here is the rhythm, the blues, the cant that s used, the gaps, and above all the clearly defined limitations of how he composed these poems In my system, the form of blues choruses is limited by the small page of the breastpocket notebook in which they are written, like the form of a set number of bars in a jazz blues choru [...]

    8. I ve always felt that Kerouac s poetry was highly underrated since his prose is so celebrated Kerouac attempted to be as free as one can possibly be in a prose setting, but in his poems he didn t have to try so hard because of the form And it shows Personally, I feel some of his best writing is contained in a few of these blues poems and in Mexico City Blues Some of it rivals and or surpasses any of Ginsberg s non Howl Kaddish Fall of America poems And that s saying something I think Kerouac sho [...]

    9. I wanted to give this book five stars, but ultimately I docked a star for problematic content, including sexism, and racist and homophobic slurs.One can either get these poems, or not Most of these poems are glances into Kerouac s head, and are quite beautiful descriptions, both in their prose and their blunt form.Other poems are just tacky talking about interesting rapes and keep that daughter away from my knees after she s thirteen Violence against women is thus turned into a casual stanza.I a [...]

    10. I am not a big fan of Kerouac, but I was very pleased with this book His method of composing words around music and jazz I found translated very well in his poetry The fact that it didnt seem that he was trying to be a poet gave his verse that much of a resonance that I feel is missing in much of his prose All that being said, it would be hard to get a feel for this book without already being familiar with at least some of his prose for it is very intimate and needs a little background Was a pl [...]

    11. Jack Kerouac s Book of Blues was a wonderful collection of thoughts and clippings from traveling experiences I felt a connection when reading these pieces I would say some are vulgar and do not speak to me quite as much, but I did find joy and love, feeling like I was walking some streets with him If you are new to his poetry I would recommend you start here I haven t read anything as wonderful yet

    12. I bought this to be a very fun kick around read and it turned out to work great for that It was uplifting to read a few of Kerouac s choruses at any time and they really made me pay attention to detail.This was the first book I wrote in Different things that he spoke about which I wanted to read about.Also served as a good inspiration for my own writing Just to experience his flow of thoughts at your own pacing was cool enough.

    13. I can t decide the voice in which I hear his poems sometimes its direct and straight forward, similar to how I hear Neruda in my head Other times its my voice And sometimes its the cliche male rasp over minimalist jazz The fluidity of style and language here is mesmerizing, and the verse structure he creates instills an important rhythm that helps hold the poems together within a given section.

    14. Offered both inspiration and frustration at times When Kerouac writes gibberish sounds or words phonetically broken apart, it can be a turn off Also when he attempts to write in street vernacular He s one of the most uneven writers, in both prose and poetry He s got a sense of play like ee cummings, but it can be too much In this book, the good and bad alternated, but his experimentation is admirable.

    15. my first contact with kerouac s work and i decided to start by reading his poems some may say that i should have read his novels beforehand, as his strength is in his prose, yet i beg to differ i think his poems are filled with rhythm and musicality it certainly was the best way to get sucked into his literary route.

    16. 1.25Some of the poems from this collection that I liked because I didn t love any are San Francisco Blues 14th Chorus, 32nd Chorus, 35th Chorus, 36th Chorus, 42nd Chorus, 52nd Chorus, Any Time, Horror, I Know which is the reason I forgive his poetry , Desolation Blues 11th Chorus, 12th Chorus.

    17. i like to just thumb through this book every once in awhile not really something on would sit down read from one cover to the other, they could, but its not necessarily meant to be, certainly not requied.

    18. Don t get me wrong, I do really love my Kerouac, but this book is ridiculously hit or miss Kerouac s strength is in his prose, go read that.

    19. some of his most famous poems are part of this collection, poems that you can read with his voice in your head, because there exist recordings of them.

    20. Don t skip the introduction to this book Bob Creely sets this book up perfectly by explaining the terms in which it came about and how it should be read.

    21. I don t know what I was expecting, but this was not it It was an interesting read It was hard to follow at times, but worth the time to read it.

    22. read through San Francisco Blues my favorite , Richmond Hill Blues, Bowery Blues, MacDougal Street Blues, Desolation Blues.

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