Best Poem Ever

Stumbled across this beaut earlier tonight….In an otherwise moving segment in which the immortal Hunter S. Thompson refers to Jack Kerouac as “a great influence”  and one of his heroes, Thompson busts out his tribute poem, “Ode to Jack”.

“Ode To Jack”                                              Four dogs went to the wilderness             Only three came back                                    Two died of Guinea Worm                           The other died from you , Jack Kerouac

Thompson rambled on, “Look, Jack was not innocent.  He ran over dogs.  Just think of it, man. Never mind.”

Do yourself a favor and Limewire this up, or listen here.

Random fact: Jack Kerouac was an incredibly faster sprinter, running his 100m in the low 10s. He also excelled at football at a time when the Ivy League schools had some of the best programs in the country.  Jack, who was from Massachusetts, chose to attend Columbia on a football scholarship so he could be as close as possible to the West Village jazz scene.

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2 Responses to Best Poem Ever

  1. G says:

    Yo- here’s a link to the Kerouac poem spoken by Hunter; it’s short, like only 40 secs. or so–Letter+To+William+Burroughs+and+Ode+To+Jack+Kerouac

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