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Buddhism and the Poetry of Jack Kerouac For we all go back where we came from Gods Lit Brain his Transcendent Eye of Wisdom And theres your bloody circle called Samsara by the ignorant Buddhists who will still be funny Masters up there bless em Jack Kerouac -from Heaven Jack Kerouac spent his creative years writing in a prosperous post world war II America He was in many ways a very patriotic person who had no problem making known his love for his country particularly within his literature It was quite literally America that he was in love with Taking cues from writers such as Whitman he embraced the American landscape as a field for spiritual cultivation Kerouac was indeed a writer with spiritual preoccupations He saw himself as partaking in a lifelong journey through the America that was waiting to reveal itself and consequently himself Also of course considering himself a serious writer he would chronicle this spiritual expedition throughout a series of novels that together would be called The Duluoz Legend This was the name Kerouac had intended the novels to take on when he would assemble them in chronological order before he died Unfortunately he died earlier than he expected and was unable to formally assemble them However the legend remains Kerouac undoubtedly made his mark on the literary world with his prose And his prose proves itself to be a very good example of his writing as spiritual commentary Kerouac while wandering the country in freight cars and the backs of pick-up trucks saw himself as a modern day sage or bodhisatva discovering the essence of the void and using his literature as a record
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