Little Poems and Musings. Lois Sorrells Beckwith, Jack Kerouac.
Little Poems and Musings
Little Poems and Musings
Little Poems and Musings
Little Poems and Musings

Little Poems and Musings

ISBN: 9780996657488
New York, NY: Dashwood Books, 2020. First Edition. Softcover. Signed by Lois Sorrells Beckwith. "I commend the attention of serious students of contemporary American poetry to these collected poems of Lois Sorrells, 26, whose maiden name was Milemore. Her poems are usually very short, little things passing by that you do a doubletake looking back at." So begins the hand-typed Introduction by Jack Kerouac dated May 7, 1963 to this book of poems by Lois Sorrells Beckwith. Now about 82-83 years old, Beckwith was briefly the girlfriend of the Founding Father of the Beat Generation, as well as Lucien Carr (the reluctant but essential early member of the group that became the Beats). Sorrells has kept a low profile since her heady early days with Kerouac & Co., & we can learn a little about her from the fine, informative review of this production by Pauline Reeves in a recent issue of Beat Scene (No. 97, Early Summer 2020, Item No. 3768). With front cover illustration of a pear by Wendy MacNaughton, which is repeated above the first poem cleverly titled " 'Dis Pear" (Reeves relates that Kerouac coaxed her away from committing suicide). Apparently, Beckwith has led a happy life with her (second?) husband, Jacques Beckwith, & there are reproductions of family photographs of the couple with friends & children which as Reeves writes "...have the look of a late 1960s, maybe into the 1970s hippie haven," full of nudity-in-nature. As she also notes, Sorrell's poems have "...a spare, pithy haiku like feel to them," to which we would agree. Here is the first stanza of "Universe- One Song: A Letter to You, Mr. Kerouac" (in which the above-related foiled suicide anecdote is also described): "how my mind was winter swept/ bumped the springtime bud/ o my god it could be quick/ tho i will not attend-". Another poem is dedicated to & titled "To Lawrence Ferlinghetti." Many of the poems (& Kerouac's introduction) are facsimiles of raw manuscript pages, typewritten with occasional hand-corrections. We surmise that about six decades passed between the writing of these poems & their published appearance here. Trade-format softcover, first edition as stated on copyright page (at rear). On the title page, Beckwith has hand-written her signature ("Lois Beckwith") below printed title. A very interesting Kerouac-related collectible with poetry that is rewarding in its own right as he recognized. In very fine condition with only a few miniscule bumps at edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; otherwise substantially as-new inside & out. Very Fine. [Item #4249]

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