1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for your own joy.
2. Submissive to everything, open, listening.
3. Try never get drunk outside your own house.
4. Be in love with your life.
5. Something that you feel will find its own form.
6. Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind.
7. Blow as deep as you want to blow.
8. Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind.
9. The unspeakable visions of the individual.
10. No time for poetry but exactly what is.
11. Visionary tics shivering in the chest.
12. In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you.
13. Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition.
14. Like Proust be an old teahead of time.
15. Telling the true story of the world in interior monologue.
16. The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye.
17. Write in recollection and amazement for yourself.
18. Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea.
19. Accept loss forever.
20. Believe in the holy contour of life.
21. Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind.
22. Don’t think of words when you stop but to see picture better.
23. Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in your morning.
24. No fear or shame in the dignity of your experience, language and knowledge.
25. Write for the world to read and see your exact pictures of it.
26. Bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual American form.
27. In praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness.
28. Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, coming in from under, crazier the better.
29. You’re a Genius all the time.
30. Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in Heaven.
Jack Kerouac, Belief & Technique For Modern Prose: List of Essentials, da una lettera Don Allen, in Heaven & Other Poems, 1958
PS Mi piacerebbe molto – e mi farebbe un gran bene – tradurre questo manifesto portatile di Kerouac, magari una al giorno. Qualcuno lo avrà già fatto magnificamente, ma queste 30 frasi sono così belle, intense e piene di risonanze che le metto tra i miei esercizi di traduzione. Insieme ad altri piccoli brani, poesie, canzoni.