78th Birthday David Amram!
You have seen him, make note of that, rushing
through the streets of Greenwich
by Jack Kerouac, in some lost year in the 50s. You
saw him in the Sunday morning of the old
Ninth Circle Bar, New York Times
scattered on table
next to scrambled eggs and hot coffee and brown
well read, jazz playing on the juke box. You
may have seen him over on Saint
Marks Place heading down
toward Tompkins Square Park, some Fall
you were young, or at the Kettle of Fish on McDougal
or at the 8th Street Book, store or at the Record Hunter,
or the original Five
Spot on New Yorks Bowery when it was
really the Bowery, or at the West
End Bar. Oh you have seen him, make note of that, in the Lions Head with
young McCourt, and Hamill and Deacy too, and dock worker writer, Joe Flaherty,
and poet Joel Oppenheimer and Bob Dylan and Frank OHara and Gregory Corso
and Norman Mailer and Al Aronowitz and Allen Ginsberg and James Baldwin and Dennis
Duggan and Robert Frank and Herbert Hunke and Seymour Krim and Tuli Kupferberg
and Charles Mingus and somewhere along the way, Willie Nelson and Pete Seeger,
you have seen him, make note of that. Like Walt Whitman hes been everywhere.
And whoever I missed, or are missed, yell down from the heavens to him
real loud, Happy 78th Birthday DAVID AMRAM!
From Pat Fenton (and Patricia)
the Author Writer, Author and Playwright, Patrick
Fenton, the son of Irish immigrants, was born in the Irish working-class
tenements of Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn on St Patrick's Day, 1941.
a writer, Fenton's stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications
including the New York Times, New York Newsday, New York Magazine
and The Daily News. As a noted Kerouac scholar, Fenton's stories, "The
Wizard of Ozone Park" and "Drinking
With Jack Kerouac in a Rockaway Bar" are eclectic bookend
perspectives of the great American author and his stories "Confessions
of a Working Stiff" and "Stoopdreamer
and Other Brooklyn Stories" a roadmap of his coming of age
as a NYC Irish-American blue-collar Joe.
a Playwright, Fenton's "Kerouac's
Last Call" is a poignant look at Jack Kerouasc's last
days in Newport, LI as he wrestled with his misconstrued career. Click
Here To Learn More About "Kerouac's
Playing on PRX!
New & Of Note! - "Jack's Last Call:
Say Goodbye to Kerouac" premieres on PRX -
The AudioPlay adaptation of the Patrick Fenton StagePlay, "Kerouac's
Last Call" premiered April 2, 2008 on PRX
- the Public Radio Exchange.
Here To Learn More and Listen to Jack's
Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac."
Of Note . . .
Here To View Almost
& Other Brooklyn Stories"
Here To View Drinking
a pint with Behan and Kerouac -
A story by Patrick Fenton
Here To Read Going
Home - Squaring the Irish Circle
- A poem by Patrick Fenton