Fear of Dreaming: The Selected Poems

Fear of Dreaming: The Selected Poems

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by Jim Carroll

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This volume combines two previous collections of Carroll's poetry, Living at the Movies and The Book of Nods , with several recent unpublished works. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Two new entries in the ``Penguin Poets'' series examine poetry at its most modish on both coasts. Carroll's East Coast disjunctive poems and hard urban prose ``nods'' are kinetic and ebullient. A selection of 20 years of his work overlays the worlds of Al Bundy and Hieronymus Bosch: ``The shower of black infants across the infected landscape'' dissolves into ``the disappearance of boundaries/ on a sea, filthy and darkened with bodies.'' One is captivated by the imagery (``bloodstained sombreros'') that depicts the ``post-meltdown'' nature of anxiety but disappointed that life as seen from New York City streets offers so little compassion. Lacking O'Hara's reckless sense of longing or Ashbery's wise allusiveness, these works are recommended for those who enjoy contemporary urban poetry. Shorn of the music of the Grateful Dead (he is the group's ``primary lyricist''), Hunter's narrow-lined West Coast light verse has a childlike intensity. He celebrates ``a beatific bebop vision'': San Francisco, poetry, and the need for freedom. ``Weaponed with words,'' Hunter's poetic consciousness is both bizarre and commonplace (e.g., ``a tongue of swords'' explodes ``the pus sac of deep profanity''). Suggesting a blend of the Partridge Family and Allen Ginsberg, Hunter has a frame of reference of never-never land pseudomysticism (``Tantric ecstasy,'' ``Magus of Thebes''), lost happiness, and sappy nuggets of wisdom. Like his ``Sonnets in Stone,'' Hunter's lyrics are ``primitive with punctuation, grieving for/ long-lost loves of the future, restless and/ ill-amused.'' Recommended for young readers and high school creative writing classes.-- Frank Allen, West Virginia State Coll., Institute

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Poets, Penguin Series
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5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
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Meet the Author

Jim Carroll’s bestselling memoir The Basketball Diaries was first released in 1978 and adapted as a film in 1995. Carroll’s work includes several collections of poetry as well as a asecond memoir, Forces Entries: The Downtown Diaries 1971-1973. As the leader of The Jim Carroll Band he released three albums as well as several spoken word recordings. He died in New York City on September 11, 2009.

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i havent read this book of jim's poems but anything he has written inspired me in some way, i know lyrics to his music, and could tell you basketball diaries and forced entries inside and out, he is an unbelievably talented person who knew it was a bumpy road to take to get where he is today, but he took it. i will write a book soon and mention how he has inspired me in it. thanks jim for being honest about the hardships of true life.