Haiku Sky by Paul Marion

Lose yourself in this mediative collection of 70 haiku by an important contemporary poet of New England. These haiku were written over 40 years and are collected here for the first time. Paul Marion is the author of Union River: Poems and Sketchesand editor of Atop an Underwood: Early Stories and Other Writings by Jack Kerouac.

158 pages

Union River: Poems and Sketches

Union River

Union River

Spanning more than forty years of writing, UNION RIVER takes us across the national landscape and mindscape with poems and sketches that delve into our common experience. This lyrical Americana address combines memory work, ecstatic reports from the field, invented scenes, street voices, blog posts, daily news, and representations of life in these states. Writing in closed and open forms, Marion works the language for the best it can give. He shows us the difference between looking and seeing, between hearing and listening, between knowing and understanding. Our nation is a place of grandeur, pain, constant churn, and regular renewal. Every person makes the democratic republic new each day, for good or bad. Paul Marion wants us to use "America" as a verb, an action word.

Mill Power

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Mill Power: The Origin and Impact of Lowell National Historical Park documents the making of a national park that changed the concept of what a national historical park could be.

For a time in the 1800s, Lowell was Massachusetts’s cosmopolitan, must-see second city. The city’s industrial model was as high-tech then as Silicon Valley is today. It drew the attention of luminaries like Charles Dickens, Congressmen Davy Crockett and Abraham Lincoln, feminist sociologist Harriet Martineau, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

This insider’s account of the creative, bold community-driven process to establish the park explains why today Lowell National Historical Park is renowned as “the partnership park.” The park’s establishment was an integral piece of an urban revival strategy that has made Lowell the subject of scores of newspaper articles, magazine profiles, TV and radio reports, scholarly papers, and book chapters.

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Haiku Sky by Paul Marion - mediative collection of 70 haiku written over 40 years.

Union River: Poems and Sketches

Bootstrap Press, 2017; ISBN:  978-1-946741-00-4

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Poetry Face Off: Poésie des Séries (chapbook, out-of-print)
With François Pelletier (bilingual edition)
Steak Haché (Montréal), 2007; ISBN: 978-2-9807109-0
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What Is the City?
Evening Album Media, 2006; ISBN: 0-9777885-2-0
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Hit Singles (chapbook, out-of-print)
Loom Press, 1995; ISBN: 0-931507-0-73
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Middle Distance (out-of-print/limited first-edition copies available)
Loom Press, 1989; ISBN: 0-931507-04-9
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Apples and Oranges (chapbook, out-of-print/limited first-edition copies available)
Loom Press, 1986; ISBN: 0-931507-02-2
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Strong Place: Poems ‘74 - ‘84 (out-of-print)
Loom Press, 1984; ISBN: 0-931507-00-6
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Focus on a Locus: Lowell Poems (chapbook, out-of-print)
Yellow Umbrella Press, 1980
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Marking Fresh Ice (chapbook, out-of-print)
Private edition of 50 copies, 1977

Horsefeathers & Aquarius (chapbook, out-of-print)
Northern Printing & Publications, 1976

 Poems In the following journals, magazines, broadsides, and newspapers:
Carolina Quarterly, Café Review, The Offering, Alaska Quarterly Review, Yankee, The Christian Science Monitor, Entelechy International: A Journal of Contemporary Ideas, Fan: A Baseball Magazine, Sport Literate, Steak Haché (Canada), The River Review/La Revue Rivière, The Acre, Salamander, Architrave, Zone 3, Red Brick Review, Lowell Review, Alchemy, The Lowell Pearl, Meantime, The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Peninsula Review, Kennebec, Rockhurst Review, Santa Clara Review, The Salmon International Literary Quarterly (Ireland), Bohemian (Japan), South Coast Poetry Journal, Appalachia, Beat Scene (England),West Branch, keep off the grass, Soundings East, This Time, Moody Street Irregulars, Renovation Journal, Aspect, San Fernando Poetry Journal, Tightrope, The Spanner, The Communicator, Loom broadsides, The Acre (magazine and broadside), Artifacts of Art Alive! coop, The Lawrence Post, This Time, Point West, vyü arts journal, The Larcom Review: A Journal of New England Literature, and Potato Eyes.

In the following anthologies:

They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (with Kate Hanson Foster, Black Lawrence Press, 2018); French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets (Louisiana Literature Press, 2007); Where the Road Begins (Cultural Organization of Lowell, 2007); Visiting Frost: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Robert Frost (University of Iowa Press, 2005); The Merrimack Literary Review (TMLR/Andover, 2004); Line Drives: 100 Contemporary Baseball Poems (Southern Illinois University Press, 2002); Heartbeat of New England: An Anthology of Contemporary Nature Poems (Tiger Moon, 2000); Place of Passage: Contemporary Catholic Poetry (Storyline, 2000); The First Yes: Poems about Communication (Dryad Press & ASHA, 1996)For a Living: The Poetry of Work (University of Illinois Press, 1995; )Ad Hoc Monadnock (Monadnock Writers’ Group, 1995); The Continuing Revolution: A History of Lowell, Massachusetts (Lowell Historical Society, 1991); Wisconsin Review: 25th Anniversary (University of Wisconsin, 1991); Lives in Translation: An Anthology of Contemporary Franco-American Writings (Soleil Press, 1990); Quebec Kerouac Blues (Écrits des Forges, 1989); New England Poetry Engagement Book (Yellow Umbrella Press, 1980, 1983, 1984).


In the following books:

“Climbing the Tenement Stairs”: a prose poem in Monuments and Memory: History and Representation in Lowell, Massachusetts by Martha Norkunas (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002)

“Parlez-vous?”: an excerpt in The Belles of New England by William Moran (St. Martin’s Press, 2002)

Various haiku: Multicultural Books To Make and Share by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord (Scholastic Professional Books, 1994)

On compact disc:

“A Hundred Nights of Winter,” “Manny and Maria,” “Majestik Linen,” and “Crazy Horse”: on UVAS, Live from the Urban Village (Urban Village Arts Series Committee and UMass Lowell English Department, 2007-08)

“Rose Canyon Blues”: recorded by Jack Drill & Les Pléides (Richard Gingras) onLangue et Linceul, (Steak Haché Music, 2004)

“Kerouac Fan” and “Glory Temple”: on Spirit: Celebrating Jack Kerouac (Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!, 2001)

Edited collections: 

Atop an Underwood: Early Stories and Other Writings by Jack Kerouac, Edited by Paul Marion

“Before Jack Kerouac expressed the spirit of a generation in his 1957 classic On the Road and became the definitive voice of Beat culture, he spent years figuring out how he wanted to live and, above all, learning how to write. In Atop an Underwood, editor Paul Marion has brought together more than sixty previously unpublished works that Kerouac wrote between the ages of thirteen and twenty-one, ranging from stories and poems to plays and parts of novels, including an excerpt from his 1943 merchant marine novel, The Sea Is My Brother. Readers, scholars, and critics will find in this book a fascinating missing link in Kerouac's development as a writer. Kerouac's lifelong subjects of America, adventurous travel, spiritual questing, work, family, and sports are all in Atop an Underwood. The writings reveal what Kerouac was thinking, doing, and dreaming during his formative years and reflect his primary literacy influences; readers will also find in these works the source of Kerouac's spontaneous prose. In the first words he ever wrote, Kerouac proves he was born with passion for writing and living. As he declared later in his life, ‘Always considered writing my duty on earth.’” [from] 

Viking Press (1999) and Penguin paperback (2000) [More than 27,000 copies in print]
ISBN: 0670888222. 
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Diario di uno scrittore affamato, translated by L. Guerneri, S. Gobbi, & M. Maggiora (Piccola Biblioteca Oscar Mondadori) [Italian translation]; Underwood memories: recits et nouvelles,translated by P. Guglielmina (Denoel & D’Ailleurs) [French translation]

History as It Happens: Citizen Bloggers in Lowell, Mass., edited by Richard P. Howe, Jr., and Paul Marion (Loom Press, 2017).

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French Class: French Canadian-American Writings on Identity, Culture, and Place (out-of-print) Loom Press, 1999, Co-edited and co-authored with S. April, P. Brouillette, & M. L. St. Onge

To order: or (used) See also The Bridge Review, Vol. III,

The Generator Room (out-of-print) Loom Press, 1999; ISBN: 0-931507-08-1
Co-edited with David Ireland, James Coates, and James Higgins
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Vital Records: Poems from the LIRA Writing Workshop (out-of-print) Loom Press, 1994; ISBN: 0-931507-06-5
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Merrimack: A Poetry Anthology (out-of-print)
Loom Press, 1992; ISBN: 0-931507-0-57
Co-edited with J. Brox and K. Aponick.
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Essays from the Lowell Conference on Industrial History (out-of-print)
LCIH, 1981; ISBN: 0-960747-80-X
Co-edited with R. Weible and O. Ford
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New England Poetry Engagement Book
Yellow Umbrella Press, 1980-1983-1984; ISBN: 0-942654-00-5
Co-edited with E. Linder.
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Nonfiction books

Mill Power: The Origin and Impact of Lowell National Historical Park (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014 forthcoming)

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 Lowell: The Story of an Industrial City by Thomas Dublin (principal author), P. Marion (contributing author, Part II), National Park Service, 1992; ISBN: 0788148257
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On the Web

The Bridge Review: Merrimack Valley Culture, 1997-2002 (not currently available online)

Paul Marion was co-editor of The Bridge Review, an online journal about the culture of the Greater Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Based at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the journal publishes writing, visual art, music, video clips, essays, and other creative and scholarly works relevant to the bio-region.

Poems Niederngasse
An essay and a poem in Poems Niederngasse, a web-zine based in Zurich, Switzerland.
Pure and Applied Poetry: A Personal Journey (2005); Majestik Linen (2005)

The Massachusetts Review
The essay, “Alentour: One of the Lost ‘Little Magazines’: 1935-1943,” is on The Massachusetts Review site:

Jack Magazine
A series of poems set in Southern California (“South Coast”) appeared in Jack Magazine:

The New York Times,
In 2004, The New York Times published Jay Atkinson’s article about Kerouac sites in Lowell on its Travel page:

In 2008, The New York Times featured Lowell in a story about the city’s comeback: (a community blog)
An interview on UMass Lowell radio station WUML, 91.5 FM, “Thinking Out Loud”

A video essay about The Beatles on created by Paul Marion and Joe Marion

A video about neighborhood gardens in Lowell on created by Paul Marion and Joe Marion

Reviews of Atop an Underwood: Early Stories and Other Writings by Jack Kerouac

Review by Juliana L'Heureux
Reviews on

Other Comments:
“Indispensable for the reader who wants to chart the development of one of our most talented writers.” - Chicago Tribune

“Fascinating . . . provides a poignant picture of a life brimming with promise.” - The Boston Globe 

“The beauty of Marion’s editorial contribution is that Atop an Underwood works as well for new readers of Kerouac as for knowledgeable devotees. The editor’s commentary, never intrusive, illuminates the significance of individual compositions.” - The St. Petersburg Times 

“This is Jack Kerouac developing his skills, awaiting his muse …. Marion’s introductions are brief and to the point, intelligent and unpretentious.” - The Cleveland Plain Dealer 

“Marion has assembled a collection of Kerouac’s early work that is fascinating in what it reveals about his early interests and early methods ….” - The American Book Review 

“Offers a wonderful glimpse into the author’s formative years. Editor Marion includes notes that illuminate certain sections without intrusion.” - Boston Herald

Praise for Other Writings

“Marion seems to delight in grasping at the elemental thing that is the city . . . . His language is clear, precise, and earthy.” - Apple Tree Review (New Hampshire)

“Paul Marion’s are poems of substance, as vivid and flavorful as poems ought to be.” - Stony Hills (Maine) 

“Marion’s poetry . . . surges through our disordered countryside and cities, overlooking nothing, obedient to its unadorned eye. [His] poetry forces us to recognize that an American definition of beauty must be comprised, at least in part, of exactly what and who we are.” – Gargoyle (Maryland) 

“… some of the best ‘working class’ poems that I’ve read.” - Tom Sexton, former editor of Alaska Quarterly Review and former Alaska Poet Laureate

“. . . humour, concern, wonder, anger (but restrained) and a very appealing straight to the point trait. . . . [S]harply observed stories . . . like reading Thoreau, Kerouac, and Bukowski and Hawthorne all in one.” - Beat Scene (England) 

“The different levels of culture and history presented free the poems from any one particular moment in time and instead present a fluid structure in which personal historical depth is important and in which the reader is able to locate his or her past. . . . Marion’s poetry is anchored dead center in life . . . . [He] is a poet who should be emulated in our fragmented society.” - Moody Street Irregulars (New York)

Films, Television, and Radio

Paul Marion appears in One Fast Move or I’m Gone, a documentary film about Jack Kerouac’s “crack-up” novel Big Sur, published in 1962. For more about the film, visit

C-SPAN’s American Writers series came to Lowell in 2002 to produce several programs about Jack Kerouac and the city. Paul Marion was featured in the broadcasts. The Kerouac segment in the series also featured interviews and footage from New York City and Orlando, Florida.

In 2007, National Public Radio reported on the opening of the museum exhibition of Jack Kerouac’s legendary scroll manuscript of On the Road at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum in Lowell.