Kerouac’s poems still speak to us because he did undress for us, in order to reach this element of Soul that we all share, this universal experience of being alive, the human abandonment—the rage, the fear, the pain; the desire to partake of more of the goodness we encounter all too rarely, and which we could distribute much more selflessly, if it weren’t for the rage, the fear, the pain … we recognize it all in Kerouac’s poems, we empathize with him while being moved.

Via Mockingbird from an interview with Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell. The whole interview is really well worth checking out.  (via hollandmatt)