March 22, 2011

Jack Kerouac Alley, San Francisco


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photo by Donald Kinney

I suppose a logical place to find Jack Kerouac Alley would be on the dividing line between between Northbeach and Chinatown.

And there it is, peacefully holding down the territory between City Lights Bookstore and the very eclectic 20 hr/day drinking establishment, Vesuvio.



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Still scratching your head about Jack Kerouac?
Oh, he was a "beat generation" poet who had a few ideas.



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Jack Kerouac Alley has taken on a new look since March 2007 -- it features engraved Western and Chinese poems, including poets such as John Steinbeck, Maya Angelou, and Kerouac himself.



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How to Meditate
-lights out-
fall, hands a-clasped, into instantaneous
ecstasy like a shot of heroin or morphine,
the gland inside of my brain discharging
the good glad fluid (Holy Fluid) as
i hap-down and hold all my body parts
down to a deadstop trance-Healing
all my sicknesses-erasing all-not
even the shred of a 'I-hope-you' or a
Loony Balloon left in it, but the mind
blank, serene, thoughtless. When a thought
comes a-springing from afar with its held-
forth figure of image, you spoof it out,
you spuff it off, you fake it, and
it fades, and thought never comes-and
with joy you realize for the first time
'thinking's just like not thinking-
So I don't have to think
any
more'

Jack Kerouac



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8 comments:

Tomate Farcie said...

You know, I've never noticed the poems on the ground. Probably too busy looking up at the laundry hanging down from the side of the roof ;) Well done!

Scott said...

Interesting, and you're right I was scratching my head about him. I really like that third photo with the man on the walk.

Cookie Monster said...

Hi my name is Shalaka, I'm 16, and I go to boarding school in India, and I was just browsing blogs and I saw this picture of the building at the top, and it's really good. Your angles make the picture seem like it's shaped like a trapezoid. Bravo.

Cookie Monster said...

that's the bank of america tower, isn't it?

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