Jack Kerouac: ‘Hitchhiker’

by Jack Kerouac

"Tryna get to sunny Californy" - Boom. It's the awful raincoat making 
me look like a selfdefeated self-
murdering imaginary gangster, an idiot in 

a rueful coat, how can they understand 
my damp packs - my mud packs - 
John, a hitchhiker"  
"He looks like he's got a gun underneath 
that I. R. A. coat" 
Fred, that man by the road" 
"Some sexfiend got in print in 1938 
in Sex Magazine" – 
found his blue corpse in a 
greenshade edition, with axe blots"  
(Poem was written on a bus in April 1954 bound from San Francisco to New York) 


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