Jack Kerouac was an author and poet who rose to fame alongside Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs as part of the “beat generation”. Jack coined the beat generation term as it reflected the reality around him on the streets of America; exhausted, poor and homeless. His novel On The Road helped turn the phrase into a trendy mainstream phrase, thus helping himself and his fellow writers gain popularity.
I thoroughly enjoy his work as he was always honest, he never claimed to be a good writer he just wrote what he lived through. Kerouac was a big fan of jazz and the culture that came with it and this shows through his poems, which is another reason why I am a fan of his as I am also very interested in the American jazz scene of that time in the 50s.
Here is one of Jack Kerouac’s poems on the jazz musician Charlie Parker.