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Old Angel Midnight

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  208 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Old Angel Midnight" (1959) was one result of Kerouac's automatic writing experiments in which he would spill his chemically inspired thoughts onto paper to see what came out. Though Kerouac was initially denounced by literary critics as an oddball, his spontaneous twistings and turnings of language rate well with those of Joyce and Stein, and time has proven him to be an i ...more
Hardcover, 67 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Grey Fox Press (first published 1973)
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Certainly the most intriguing and challenging of Kerouac's works that I have read to date, at the same time it feels like there is great meaning which lies hidden just below the surface, just out of reach. This was an incredibly brave move from Kerouac (some might say even 'foolish' as it was bound to invite derision from the anti-Kerouac crusade launched by the press and which still exists to some degree to this day). It is also Jack at his MOST spontaneous.

I have a feeling that Jack lamented t
This is one of my favorite book of poetry ever, I think because it's so surreal. Poetry often escapes me because I don't have the patience for interpretation. I like prose because it is either telling me an interesting story, or teaching me about something. Poetry generally does neither of those things, it is more like feelings turned into words and that is pretty confusing for me, as if I have no point of reference I cannot share the feeling being expounded upon. It must just be the way my brai ...more
Chris Meger
This is a book that must be enjoyed out loud. Read it to yourself, or better, have someone you love read it to you. Wonderful.
Aug 05, 2007 Donnie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not many
Shelves: poetry
I read this because I thought it meant I was sophisticated. I was an idiot, and this book is really really bad.
Rhythmic perfection. Kerouac embodies all that is holy.
reading the book again this time to teach abut automatic writing works agains the automatic wiring of the brain jack kerouac listens to what his window says. it was his "other" project, a collection of the world's sounds and connection to his Buddha-self the swirling and ecstasy of the sounds that create life, the seed syllables of the ancient creation. do you teach by talking do you teach by having others talk do you teach by writing do you teach by having others write. imagine: it is summer ou ...more
Normally, I try to post my short little reviews right after I've read the book. I debated what to rate the book though. Two stars? One star? Just burn the thing and be done with it?? It was, of course, a library book so I did not have the option of burning, and this morning I finally decided on three stars.

I am freely admitting here that I did not understand the book/poem. I do not think/believe Old Angel Midnight was even meant to be understood, but the language is engaging. The sounds the poet
Stefano Minichilli
Syncopate bop writin' delicious me
a fun read for Jack enthusiasts. more naughty language than normal, which felt refreshing because there is much ground to cover here; along with flashing midnight stars, San Fran streets, Lowell rivers, beer soaked bar room floors, and the eyelashes of Beat poets).
Jun 19, 2011 Benito is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
well, listening actually - came across a reading by some well versed readers, and really, this is a free-style rant very much in the poetic aural tradition, so that works, until I come across the text as some point...
Jason Yarborough
I used to have the first stanza memorized. It took over a minute to recite and was probably very annoying at parties...
Della serie: bisogna pubblicare tutto ciò che ha scritto Kerouac perché tira. Ma che è?!
Jon Shaw
Drunken ramblings of a once great man.
m. soria
kerouac at his finest.
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Learn to breathe. 1 5 Oct 11, 2008 12:53AM  
  • Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats
  • Poems and Translations
  • The Horn
  • Selected Poems
  • Kerouac: A Biography
  • Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac
  • Selected Poems of Robert Creeley
  • Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac
  • Mind Breaths
  • Big Sky Mind: Buddhism and the Beat Generation
  • Danger on Peaks: Poems
  • Jack Kerouac: Angel-Headed Hipster
  • You'll Be Okay: My Life with Jack Kerouac
  • A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe: Selected Poems
  • The Wild God of the World: An Anthology of Robinson Jeffers
  • The Seasons of the Soul
  • O Lost: A Story of the Buried Life (original version of Look Homeward, Angel)
  • City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology
Born on March 12, 1922, in Lowell, Massachusetts, Jack Kerouac's writing career began in the 1940s, but didn't meet with commercial success until 1957, when On the Road was published. The book became an American classic that defined the Beat Generation. Kerouac died on October 21, 1969, from an abdominal hemorrhage, at age 47.
Early Life

Famed writer Jack Kerouac was born Jean-Louis Lebris de Keroua
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