Peter Orlovskyís 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 cafe static black noise ringing through

the mortuary silences of toothless, ragged America.

Peter Orlovsky putting out his smoke with

tennis shoe bottom, says, ďI 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 donít want you to repeat this.

Listen. Forget about what Iím going to tell you.

If you write it down youíre in for a lot of trouble.

Donít even talk to a tree about it. Shhhhhhhh.

I found out that Kerouac was reborn. In the Bronx.

Heís 25 years old. Kerouac has come back. Heís got

a very cranky mother in the Bronx. We spent the

day together. Iíll repeat it for the last time.

Kerouac is back. Heís much more healthy and strong.

And heís working very hard. Doesnít have much time

to write. He has 4 brothers. Maybe three brothers

and a sister. He writes mostly in his heartó

heart poetry. Thatís about it. I never said anything.

Itís a secret, and it canít leave this room.Ē



13 March 1995



[Published in The Dance Of Yellow Lightning Over The Ridge:

Poems 1993-1997. © 1998 by Jim Cohn.]




The Dance Of Yellow Lightning Over The Ridge: Poems 1993-1997
(Writers & Books Publications, 1998)