Mexico City Blues Jack Kerouac

1959 Jack kerouac's personal note on the title page of Mexico City Blues declares his wish to be considered a jazz poet, and the poems 242 choruses are invested with a musicality and improvisational quality that answer his wish. As with musical compositions, each movement of this book-length poem is independent, but the piece is more fully comprehensible and purposeful when taken in its entirety. The 242 choruses contain allusions to a vast range of experiences, from Kerouac's life I was the...

Teach Us To Number Our Days

RITA DOVE 1980 Teach Us to Number Our Days, from Rita dove's first full-length volume, The Yellow House on the Corner 1980 , is significant for its ability to illustrate the ways in which individuals are shaped by both their inner and outer lives, and the poem's form a free verse sonnet see prosody and free verse suggests the tensions between constriction and freedom. In Teach Us to Number Our Days, as in work throughout her career, Dove writes as an African American, but her work does not...