Today would have been Jack Kerouac's 88th birthday had he lived. Kerouac hailed from nearby Lowell, Massachusetts, and that fair city recognizes him with a commemorative park and an annual Kerouac festival held on the first weekend in October. Tonight and tomorrow, there's a little birthday celebration being held, for a listing of events, click here.
Many people don't know that Kerouac also wrote poetry; some of his poems can be found in The Portable Jack Kerouac [813.54 KER]. A few of his "haikus" are included. Kerouac was one of the first American writers to embrace haiku.
The Poetry Friday Round-Up is being hosted by Becky's Book Reviews.