"Lee Kidd (L), Squawk Coffee House,
Lawrence Carradini (R)."
"The Road" runs coast to coast, and then some. Big Sur is a
blur at one of the diffuse edges.
Jack Kerouac set out to describe his journey; point out some hand holds
for those who might follow him in the climb. It leads to Desolation Peak.
It leads to the summit where Japhy Rider taught Jack the most important
lesson, "You can't fall off a mountain," and it descends into
dark waters, mysterious, a reflection pool for the sky above, Yin/Yang,
the dark mirror of uncertainty, the star filled hopefulness where roman
candles burn with a pop, and we all go, "Awww!"
poet President, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!
"Didja ever tell em about water meeting water? " Sea (Sounds
of the Pacific at Big Sur) - Jack Kerouac
The Merrimack River was one of ti jean's childhood hangouts. Its current
floated me into "Dr. Sax" and "Lowell Blues." The
river runs northeasterly to Newburyport across "the Plum Islands
of time" into the dark Atlantic. I've always wanted to take my skiff
from Gloucester, where I live, to Lowell following the Route 12 fisherman
steamed in the spring of '36 to help victims of the great flood. Here
a fisherman saw a 14 year old boy watching phantom horses ride out the
deluge. Later, the riverbanks exhale returning the boy to Pawtucketville
and the fisherman to the open sea, where every drop of Merrimack river
connects to the waves at Big Sur.
Ferrini, film maker