Trip Trap: Haiku Along the Road from San Francisco to New York, 1959. Jack Kerouac, Albert Saijo, Lew Welch.

Trip Trap: Haiku Along the Road from San Francisco to New York, 1959

ISBN: 0912516046
Berkeley, CA: Grey Fox Press, 1973. First Printing. Softcover. "Shortly after we moved into Hyphen-House we heard that Jack was coming to San Francisco from Hollywood where he had appeared on the Steve Allen Show. Then he was there, in the kitchen, seated at the table, with red plaid hunting cap set back on his head, and red check flannel shirt worn with tails out, and dress slacks with creases gone, knockabouts on his feet, looking downhome and French Canadian. He was then at the height of his fame after "On the Road," "The Subterraneans," and "The Dharma Bums." He looked tired and he was drinking heavy, but he appeared to be on a binge and determined to party...The text is mostly Lew...Both Lew and Jack carried pocket notebooks, the kind spiral bound across the top, into which they jotted thoughts along the way....The section called "Masterpiece" is from Jack and Lew. I listened to them put it together." (Albert Saijo, from Introduction). This unique publication by Don Allen's Grey Fox Press in 1973 is a miscellany of jotted scrivenings as described above primarily from Welch's pen, with Kerouac gleefully befuddled by drink. The backstory as briefly quoted above is intriguing, and Saijo's introduction leaves the reader wanting more of his unique and musical prose style, an offshoot but certainly not a copy of Kerouac's. This book is from the collection of Ken & Ann Mikolowski, co-founders of Detroit's visionary "Alternative Press," and publishers of many Beat Generation, "New York School" and "Black Mountain"-affiliated authors. Book in fine condition with only minor rubbing, nicks, and scuffs to front, back covers; slight shelf-wear throughout; significant browning & yellowing to spine-edge and topmost fine-edge of front cover, and topmost fine-edge of back cover. Near Fine. [Item #2957]

Price: $35.00

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