PETER ORLOVSKY’S JACK KEROUAC LECTURE REVELATION: PENNY LANE, 13 MARCH 1995
Giant shaving cut under nose, rosary, fat tie,
sport jacket, thick head of silver hair like Boris
Yeltsin battling totalitarian Forest Services of
Polka Dot ambulance drivers in happy garbage can
lid loneliness, smiling in blue, white & red stamp
machine café static black noise ringing through
the mortuary silences of toothless, ragged America.
Peter Orlovsky putting out his smoke with
tennis shoe bottom, says, “I have very good news,
important news for everyone. Stop talking. Turn
your two eyes into ears. Turn the kettle off. Turn
the camera off. I don’t want you to repeat this.
Listen. Forget about what I’m going to tell you.
If you write it down you’re in for a lot of trouble.
Don’t even talk to a tree about it. Shhhhhhhhh.
I found out that Kerouac was reborn. In the Bronx.
He’s 25 years old. Kerouac has come back. He’s got
a very cranky mother in the Bronx. We spent the
day together. I’ll repeat it for the last time.
Kerouac is back. He’s much more healthy and strong.
And he’s working very hard. Doesn’t have much time
to write. He has 4 brothers. Maybe three brothers
and a sister. He writes mostly in his heart––
heart poetry. That’s about it. I never said nothing.
It’s a secret, and it can’t leave this room.
Spoken word version from Walking thru Hell Gazing at Flowers.
Copyright © 1996 by Jim Cohn.
Text from The Dance Of Yellow Lightning Over The Ridge (Writers & Books Publications).
Copyright © 1998 by Jim Cohn.