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Spontaneous poetry by the author of On the Road, gathered from underground and ephemeral publications; including “San Francisco Blues,” the variant texts of “Pull My Daisy,” and American haiku.HERE DOWN ON DARK EARTH before we all go to Heaven VISIONS OF AMERICA All that hitchhikin All that railroadin All that comin back to America —Jack Kerouac...

Title : Scattered Poems
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Number of Pages : 88 Pages
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Scattered Poems Reviews

  • kaelan
    2019-04-20 17:37

    The Beats and I through the ages: Figure A: Allen Ginsberg: (1) Teenager: "Wow, this guy is brilliant!"(2) Early 20s: "What a try-hard bore."(3) Late 20s, having been reunited with "Howl" by way of an upper-level university course: "Wow, this guy is pretty brilliant." Figure B: Jack Kerouac: (1) Teenager: "Wow, this guy is so cool!"(2) Early 20s: "Jeez, this guy needs to lay off the sauce."(3) Late 20s: "Now where did I leave my copy of Howl...?"

  • J.C.
    2019-05-05 17:29

    I bought this the first time I checked out the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco (which was a neat little store, by the way). I wanted to get something Kerouac and I walked away with this, mostly cause i've never read any of his poetry before. I didn't have as hard of a time as I anticipated i would have, considering my usual struggles with poetry (which I've finally decided that it is POETRY that doesn't like me, rather than the other way around). I can see the DNA of Jazz music in the word usage, the rhythms of the poems and such. At times I went along with it just fine, other times I had no idea what was going on and wishing i had an audio tape of him reading it for me or something. The haikus (or Western Haiku's as he called them) are particularly good and very accessible. At any rate, this little book is well worth peeking into if you're at all curious.

  • Karen
    2019-04-30 00:28

    If you like sonnets or poems with intricate, delicate lines that beautifully describe scenery or the human experience, this is NOT the poem book for you. This poem book is the exact opposite- it's dirty, vulgar, playful, funny, urban, and very much attuned to the Beat Generation. I liked it. In particular the Haiku section was my favorite. It takes a stab at American life and explores the madness and disruption of the "Apple-pie American Dream" due to modernization/urbanization (and drugs, let's be honest.) If something dirty and playful like "pull my daisy" doesn't make you laugh, again, this is not the poem book for you.

  • Aimee Davis
    2019-04-30 21:29

    Along with Dharma Bums, these 'Scattered Poems' (a few in particular) probably changed my life and the way I write and carry myself. If you're attempting to read Dharma Bums, you really should find a copy of Scattered and read the two together because there's a lot of related subject material about Japhy and his coming about. Just amazing.

  • Luis
    2019-05-07 23:16

    "Súbitamente comprendí que todas las cosas sólo van y vienen,incluido cualquier sentimiento de tristeza: también se irá,triste hoy, alegre mañana: sobrio hoy borracho mañana,¿por qué inquietarse tanto?Todos en el mundo tienen defectos, lo mismo que yo.¿Por qué deprimirse?Es sólo un sentimiento que viene y va"

  • rogue
    2019-05-15 18:28

    Only for the hardcore Kerouac fan. Unpolished scribblings with a gem here and there, but overall an undisciplined collection.

  • Derrick
    2019-05-08 21:33

    And Jack Kerouac disapoints again. How surprising. Some people just seem so cool in theory, but then burp, fart, vomit, they're human and they suck.After On the Road, I did not have high hopes for ever liking any of his work, but then this cute little book came into my hands, and I had the terrible audacity to believe that this could for some reason be better. The way he writes, I thought maybe it would lend better to poetry. Maybe it was a little better than On the Road, but I'm not going to give it any real credit that I don't think it deserves though. Poetry is more subjective than other writing mediums, and I subjectely hated this piece of shit. I can say with certainty that this is my last go at Kerouac.*Not totally relevant to this review, but someone recently told me that a lot of people that don't like Kerouac, like Burroughs. And the other way around. So I will be trying HIPPIEGOD#2 and comparing soon. Probably Naked Lunch.Anyways, cheers.

  • Denton McCabe
    2019-04-27 19:39

    This is a quick read. A quick and pointless read. I finished and was trying to remember which poem came across as really well written and went back through the book and couldn't find it! That was how much of an impression the best poem in the book made on me! Sorry, Kerouac. This was total drek.

  • Marley
    2019-05-20 19:36

    I read and re-read this constantly when I was stuck in the middle of nowhere for a couple years.

  • Aleathia Drehmer
    2019-05-17 16:29

    This was not my favorite book of poetry and a bit off the wall for me, but it was a good representation of the times.

  • Miguel Vega
    2019-04-25 22:32

    This is more of a taste-tester than a full-collected works by Jack Kerouac. I found many of these to be highly fascinating as Kerouac was a lead pioneer for the Beat Generation. Some poems felt dry, such as the "Western Haikus" towards the end which I only liked two.

  • StevenGodin
    2019-05-05 20:24

    Don't like Kerouac's style. He just isn't for me.

  • Krisy
    2019-05-17 21:28

    I didn't understand any of these poems...I only read this because I had to for my Creative Writing class

  • Kelly
    2019-05-01 22:39

    My favorite:TO EDWARD DAHLBERGDon't use the telephone.People are never ready to answer it.Use poetry.

  • Mauritzvd
    2019-04-21 18:24

    Some hit, some miss.Those that hithit true.

  • Brendan
    2019-04-23 23:36

    A brief, seemingly inconsequential collection of poems. Decent, as is all of Kerouac's poetry, but there's really not anything of note here to make this entirely essential.

  • Mariah
    2019-05-10 23:21

    I honestly don't even get what this was. And I love poetry. I'll probably try to read it through again to see if I can actually understand or interpret what Kerouac is saying in this, but, let's be real, he was probably high off his ass when he wrote these poems so who really cares?

  • Robert Beveridge
    2019-04-26 17:32

    Jack Kerouac, Scattered Poems (City Lights, 1971)Over the few years Kerouac wrote, he dashed off a number of poems that managed never to get collected, many of them in letters to Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady. City Lights, with help from Ginsberg, compiled a small volume of these poems and released them some thirty years ago.While a few of the works here (and, in some cases, a line or two within one of the works) shows the power and natural affinity for language that makes Kerouac one of the enduring figures of American literature, Most of what's here is solid evidence that, where uncollected poems are concerned, there's usually a reason why they weren't published in the first place. Perhaps it is the prominence of the author in question, but while reading most of this work, I got a sense of hopelessness, a pathetic (in the classic definition of the term) feeling of emptiness. Unlike both the surrealism and the jazz from which Kerouac and his fellow Beats drew their inspiration, and also unlike the authorsfrom that time who have been incorrectly labelled as Beats (Bukowski, Alfred Chester, to an extent Paul Bowles, etc.), Kerouac's material seems to lack either the underlying meaning or the sense of immediate purpose that separates the best of the aforementioned authors from their scads of less talented imitators.One place in which Kerouac does shine here, though, is in a small selection of haiku at the end of the book. Kerouac was one of the first American authors to really grasp the spirit of English-language haiku, as mentioned in a brief intro to the book's last section. Kerouac quotes a few Basho haiku and bemoans the inability of English to imitate the free-flowing Japanese language, coming to the conclusion that the "seventeen syllable" rule should be dropped for American haiku (as most serious haiku writers and scholars in English have also done in the forty or so years since Kerouac originally composed the works here). In the haiku, where Kerouac is forced to work with tight lines and spare images, his gift comes through. Unfortunately, it does so in far too few other pieces in this book. **

  • Mat
    2019-05-12 23:36

    The meter and rhythms of the poems are pretty interesting. Some poems are more focused on sound than meaning and that has to be constantly kept in mind when reading Jack's poetry. I think that might be something he learned from James Joyce (see The Sirens chapter of Ulysses for example for a wonderful example of 'musical language'). A pleasant surprise came early on when I read the Pull My Daisy poems at the start of the book and noticed that they were in fact co-written by Kerouac, Ginsberg AND CASSADY! I never knew Cassady had written any poems until now. I'm guessing that it is probably Kerouac's transcription of Cassady-speak/amphetobabble, but close enough. I agree with Ginsberg in saying that Mexico City Blues is one of the greatest 'long/epic poems' of the latter half of the twentieth century but this one just comes up a little too short. This is probably the weakest book of Jack's I have read to date but keep in mind the fact that maybe even he didn't think it publishable. There are a few poems from Old Angel Midnight (originally called 'Lucien Midnight' after Lucien Carr) which can only be described as fascinatingly obscure (and which according to Ginsberg represent Jack's attempt to imitate Joycean language although Ann Charters disagrees - see Naropa Institute recordings for more details) and there are some nice haikus at the end, some of which appear on Kerouac's American Haikus recording and to my mind, represent some of Jack's strongest poetry. Jack was always great when he kept his language simple, even his rambling stuff.

  • Brendan
    2019-04-23 19:26

    Notable for the inclusions of "Fie My Fum" (with Ginsberg) and both versions of "Pull My Daisy" (with Ginsberg and Cassady) which it spawned. "Rimbaud" checks in at eight pages and "A Curse At the Devil" at six pages. Though they're not long enough to dominate the collection. There are samplings from San Francisco Blues. The collection concludes with a series of Western Haikus. To quote Kerouac:A "Western Haiku" need not concern itself with the seventeen syllables since Western languages cannot adapt themselves to the fluid syllabillic Japanese. I propose that the "Western Haiku" simply say a lot in three short lines in any Western language. I'd give the collection 3 1/2 stars if I could. There are a few pieces that are too difficult to understand or are just meh. So it's not his best, but it's not bad. "suspected of being a poet""sadder than time, than dream, sadder than water""Jazz killed itself""So we'll deal in the night / in the market of words"

  • Grace
    2019-05-19 23:20

    I have never read Jack Kerouac before, but my brother raved about On The Road, so I thought I'd start small and work my way up. Scattered Poems is beautiful. A small, meandering meditation on life and all that entails. I found the language to be quite accessible, and could easily identify Kerouac's voice. Onomatopoeia, colloquial and beautifully metaphoric language was employed throughout the collection. However, Kerouac's writing remained sometimes brutally honest; this author's writing is so far from pretentious it cannot even see it in the distance. My favourite poem of all was "Poem" of 1962, which speaks of wishing the human race to die, and being cursed as the last of us all as a result. It is haunting, and peaceful somehow too. I also loved the Western Haiku's, my favourite being: Missing a kick at the icebox door It closed anyway. I thought that one in particular held something very honest and true about life inside of it. Overall, I give this book, my first read of 2017, 5 out of 5 stars.

  • AntonioHehir
    2019-04-22 20:22

    As the title suggests, this collection of poetry consists of a scattered collection of Kerouac's poetry from ephemeral publications, and scraps from his notebooks. My main problem with this collection is how few of the poems seem to have any sense of direction or meaningful content. Oddly, this is the same quality of the poetry I enjoyed, after all, the off the cuff, jazzy, poetry of this collection in many ways epitomizes what the beat generation was all about. The beat movement was about more than senseless journeying, it was also about Art, and Art is what this collection seems to lack.All things considered this collection is a little disappointing. Whilst I enjoy the works of Kerouac, Ginsberg is the far more accomplished poet.

  • Andy
    2019-04-20 19:13

    It's Jack; not a god made man. Not a hallowed shrine. It's Jack. A snippet of scribbles that were written and later decided to publish. In some senses it is a chaotic collection. For me, I found the most resonance with the poems in the middle. But that is reflective of the beat lifestyle and what he was-what his experiences were. Come to this book with no expectations. While entire poems may fail to captivate, in this work it is the poignant stanza that is outstanding. No expectations folks. It's Jack; not a god made man.

  • Ned
    2019-04-25 00:11

    Picked this up as a memento at City Lights bookstore in SF in May 2015. It was a fun little ditty, I'm still struggling to read poetry and it has been a long time since I've attempted Jack again. Probably its like listening to Ornette Coleman where one must plough through for awhile to begin to understand the language and the timing which at first will be an affront to the ears. One little nugget in a rare moment of lucidity:"Above all, a haiku must be very simple and free of all poetic trickery and make a little picture and yet be as airy and graceful as a Vivaldi Pastorella."

  • Willow Redd
    2019-05-19 19:39

    I'm down for anything Kerouac, so this little book of random pieces from other publications and journals is a nice collection to read now and again.I picked this one up from the small local bookstore in Emerald Isle one summer and keep it near at hand.Best part for me is the poem for Harpo Marx and the collection of Western Haiku (including Kerouac's explanation of traditional haiku and the difference in writing a western haiku). Good stuff.

  • Syl
    2019-04-30 19:31

    I love Jack Kerouac and I liked this book of poems. The title is very good because the poems are so different from each other and give a hint to what he might have had in mind in those days. I loved the haikus and San Francisco Blues. This is a Jack I loved to know. To be read only by those who like this author, and the Beatniks, and the curious always looking for something new and good to read. Haters will not like it.

  • Jason Canning
    2019-05-11 22:38

    The clue is in the title, Scattered is exactly what this collection of half thoughts and experimental formulations amounts to. Kerouac produced some incredible prose and poetry, I can honestly say I found none in this collection. Non-essential reading even for the Kerouac fan who just has to tick it off.

  • Rodrigo Curicó Fernández
    2019-04-22 00:17

    Me gustaron los haikus del final y sería. No es lo mío la poesía beatnik parece. Las novelas se me dan bien, pero este despelote de ideas e imágenes no me sugiere nada, o sea...THOTHATNAPEEscribe VehículoEspecialBananaNueve¿Qué puedo decir ante eso? El jazz me gusta en la música no más.Eso.

  • Destiny Dawn Long
    2019-05-02 23:17

    When I was younger, I really loved the Beats, but the appeal isn't as strong now. However, I did enjoy picking up on some homoerotic imagery. Plus, now that I've studied a little bit about Buddhism, the obscure references to Buddhist philosophy were appreciated. If nothing else, read through his "Western Haikus" because I was giggling a little at the end.

  • Ancorpop
    2019-05-07 22:13

    I enjoyed on the road but this little beautiful book full with on your face poetry stole my heart and grew my love for American literature