Book of Haikus

Book of Haikus is a collection of haiku poetry by Jack Kerouac. It was first published in 2003 and edited by Regina Weinreich. It consists of some 500 poems selected from a corpus of nearly 1,000 haiku jotted down by Kerouac in small notebooks.[1]

Book of Haikus
First edition
AuthorJack Kerouac
CountryUnited States
SeriesPenguin Poets
PublisherPenguin Group
Publication date
Media typePrint (paperback)
811/.54 21
LC ClassPS3521.E735 B66 2003

Although most of the poetry in Book of Haikus is original, some haiku are paraphrased in Kerouac's prose works:

The top of Jack
Mountain—done in
By golden clouds[2]

also recurs in The Dharma Bums.[3] The collection also contains a handful of haiku published earlier, for instance in Scattered Poems.


  1. Regina Weinreich. Introduction. Book of Haikus. By Jack Kerouac. New York: Penguin, 2003. xi. ISBN 978-0-14-200264-3
  2. Book of Haikus 87.
  3. Jack Kerouac. The Dharma Bums. Cutchogue, NY: Buccanneer Books, 1976. 186.
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