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A Shakespearean Cassady

June 17th, 2012 · 13 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Poetry, Real-life Adventure Tales

A Shakespearean Cassady




A month of rain in 12 hours
can’t dampen the Spirit
of a lifetime of experience
or the experience of a lifetime.

Two compatible souls a generation apart,
Somehow related, somehow unjaded, somehow not faded,
Still giggling unburdened, still freely unherded,
Two jazz cats still flowing, still riffing, still reading
the mind of the other.

Tis a play devoutly to be wished,
On Shaky Willie’s garden stage,
Halfway around the Globe,
In a comedy of the present and a tragedy of age
Where laughter is the direction and wine is the line.



For a video tribute done for Carolyn’s Memorial on the one year anniversary of her passing — go here.

For the London “On The Road” premiere Adventure in the outdoor courtyard at Somerset House — go here.

For the New York City “On The Road” premiere and afterparty Adventure — go here.

For a complete overview of all the Kerouac / Beat film dramatizations including clips and reviews — check out the Beat Movie Guide.

For an excerpt from my book about the ’82 Kerouac Conference in Boulder — check out Meeting Your Heroes.

For more from the Boulder Beat Book — check out Who All Was There.

For a vivid account of being at the historic “On The Road” scroll auction — check out The Scroll Auction.

For a story about Henri Cru’s birthday — check out The Legend Turns 70.

For a beautiful poem to Carolyn Cassady on her birthday — check out the Carolyn Cassady Birthday Poem.

For an inspiring description of being at a Beat jazz-&-poetry reading in Greenwich Village — check out Be The Invincible Spirit You Are.

For an account of the historic Beat show at the Whitney Museum in New York — check out Wailin’ at the Whitney.


by Brian Hassett

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Debbie Vazquez // Jun 17, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Poetic genius!!!

  • 2 Allan Robinson // Jun 17, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    I like your poetry.

  • 3 Jami Cassady // Jun 17, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Keep smiling!!!!! Love you Brian and Mum

  • 4 Kay Smith // Jun 18, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Wonderful !

  • 5 Linda Ranson-Smith // Jun 18, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    This is beautiful, Brian! Keep them coming!
    Or as you’d say, “Groove forth and beautify!”

  • 6 Sweetbriar Ludwig // Jun 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    This is nice to read — but I want to see your face reading it in a spotlight. It’s been too long!

  • 7 Juliana Moore // Jun 18, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Two old souls who were made for each other!
    I’m so happy for you both!

  • 8 Megan Reese // Jun 19, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Beautiful, Mr. B!!
    “Only you!” 😀

  • 9 Linda Richmond // Jun 19, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    The love you’re living comes through in your lines.

  • 10 Phil Hopkins // Jun 19, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    I love the
    “Shaky Willie’s garden stage,
    Halfway around the Globe,”

    Keep it up and we’ll make more records when you get back.

  • 11 Rod Mizak // Jun 20, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    You’re definitely unjaded and not faded!
    Rock on, Buddy Holly, B.H.

  • 12 Heidi Kroeger // Jun 21, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Another beauty! I’m going to show it to Kev. Maybe we’ll have another song for you when you get back. 😉

  • 13 Muzza Deano // Apr 17, 2021 at 4:34 PM

    The links included here are just amazing. So much I haven’t seen and that I’ve got to watch, read and learn.

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