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Trip Trap

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  96 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
This newly-revised edition-originally published in 1973-of the haiku Jack Kerouac, Albert Saijo, and Lew Welch jotted down on the road from San Francisco to New York in 1959, are dense, earthy incarnations of life on the road: "A coral colored Cadillac/ in Texas/ Threw gravel all over us,/ our beat jeep/ -Our windshield is nicked/ but our eyes/ are/ CLEAR..." Albert ...more
Paperback, 69 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Grey Fox Press (first published 1973)
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Evan Gray
Jun 06, 2013 Evan Gray rated it it was amazing
In many ways the book touches on Lew, Albert and K's ability to stay in touch with the little moments in life that is described in the epigraph: "yesterday I thought of something / I never had the chance to tell you / / remember?" I am particularly moved by the natural approach and feel each of these poems have - the Emersonian riffs Lew messes around with. As the "asshole" piece tells us, we are not to be concerned with that which is outside of our "skin" : " I am tired / of this talk of holes ...more
Nov 12, 2013 Joe rated it liked it
More of a 3.5/5, but I digress. A lot of credit for this one goes to the editor that put it together. The core literary achievement of the book is a collaborative haiku that"Jack Kerouac, Albert Saijo, and Lew Welch jotted down on the road from San Francisco to New York in 1959." The essay by Saijo at the beginning is a nice retrospective on the vacation tinged with a nostalgic homage to his late friends. The book also includes the beginning of Welch's novel on the trip, as well as some letters ...more
May 23, 2012 Kenny rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was short, to the point, and funny. They used alot of vulgar language, that's mainly what made it funny. The book was almost entirly haikus, and these haikus were halarious. As soon as I got to the bottom of page twenty four, I was very confused, but after a few more pages of the vulgarity and weird jargon, it became very funny. If Jack Kerouc's intention was to make people laugh with these haikus he was absolutely successful. If that was not his intention he did it any ...more
Ed Smith
Oct 14, 2009 Ed Smith rated it liked it
This book made me want to write poems. They were called the San Diego
Nonsense Poems when I visited San Diego in 1974. Joel Lewis my friend was writing his Edgewater Poems, manuscript lost in Mike Reardon's car along the Palisades.
Now Joel is great editor of Ted Berrigan's Interviews
see Talisman Press, journalist, mentor to younger
poets at the Poetry Project.
And we are still writing 30 years later.
Feb 02, 2016 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern
Three friends on the road
Searching for truth elusive
But no two see same

Haiku be the form
River flowing as wind blows
Trace thought flows from yellow page

(Okay... so its not a perfect Haiku, but neither is this work. It is alright. Strong observations flitter and randomly appear. Not the best, but definitely not the worst.)
Jan 20, 2015 w.m.lewis rated it it was ok
The strangely moving letters from Lew Welch were the best part of what was otherwise a throwaway kind of book.
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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.
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Famed writer Jack Kerouac was born Jean-Louis Lebris de Keroua
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