Fear of Dreaming: The Selected Poems

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Editorial Reviews

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combines two previous collections of Carroll's poetry, Living at the Movies and The Book of Nods , with several recent unpublished works.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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140586954
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Series: Poets, Penguin Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 787,935
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Fear of Dreaming Living at the Movies
Blue Poles The Distances The Narrows August Traffic Styro Morning Next Door The Green Bus The Loft In the Valley The Burning of Bustin's Island Love Rockets The Other Garden Heroin Poem Birthday Poem Seltzer Living at the Movies Your Daughter Fragment: Little N.Y. Ode Cough Syrup One Flight Up How Relaxed For Ezra Pound The Blue Pill Blood Bridge Poem on My Son's Birthday Crossed Wires Leaving N.Y.C.
A Fragment Vacation A Short Reminder Gliding To a Poetess The Cosmopolitian Sense Growing Up Poem Cold Faces To the Secret Poets of Kansas Jet Fizzle Sea Battle An Early Morning Crucifixion Invisible Sleep Sure . . .
Fear and Trembling After St. John of the Cross Little Ode on St. Anne's Day Chop Chop Silver Mirrors Highway Report Dog Crunch Love Poem (Later)
California Poem Withdrawal Letter Maybe I'm Amazed Mercury Clouds New Year 1970
Midnight Prell Back Home For Sue's Birthday Song Poem Love Story In This Room Particularly The Tenth Try Love Poem For Your Birthday Poem On the Rush Words from Babylon Torn Canvas The Birth and Death of the Sun It Doesn't Matter Chelsea May Savage Bubbles Paregoric Babies An Apple at Dawn

The Book of Nods
Trained Monkey With van Gogh A Poet Dies Homage to Gerard Manley Hopkins Watching the Schoolyard Guitar Voodoo My Father's Vacation Quality Post Office The Ice Capades
"The Academy of the Future Is Opening Its Doors . . ."
Parting the Reeds The Lakes of Sligo Lenses A Beach Landing Zeno's Final Paradox Paraguay The Safe Corridor Rimbaud Scenes:
Rimbaud's Tooth Ache Rimbaud Sees the Dentist Waking in a Painter's Loft in Paris Rimbaud Running Guns Rimbaud Pays Homage to Saint Helena
Confederate Lake One Hundred Years of Boredom Silent Money Scouting Five Irresponsible Students of Zen The Buddha Reveals Himself Me, Myself, and I Teeth Marks Reaching France In the Law Library In the Capital Stepping Out of M.O.M.A.
Days The Transient Just Visiting

New York City Variations

Poems 1973-1985
Poem Winter's Age For Elizabeth Prologue M. Verdoux, The Wife Killer A Night Outing Wing and Claw The Ad Man's Daughter Saint Theresa In Four Seasons Dead Salamander's Song Painting by Flashlight Heroes Nightclubbing Post-Modernism The Caves Judging the Pageant El Hombre del Ombre A Window in Cherry Valley On Tour Dueling the Monkey A Child Growing Up with the Sun For John Donne Eugene, Oregon Our Desires My Debt On Susan's Birthday Poem Dresden to Chesapeake Bay In the Deep Green Vase Poem The New Death The Runners
3 Short Poems:
Poem Compassion Cinco de Mayo
Things That Fly For Robert Smithson Borges Death Mask The Desert Casino Music Television Sleeplessness In the Gears

New York 1989-1993
Curtis's Charm A Perfect Stranger I Am Not Kurt Schwitters Calm Under Fire Fear of Dreaming Poem Epiphany Inauguration Day In Time, AIDS Song Evening News Praying Mantis Micky To the National Endowment for the Arts Coda

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2002

    havent even read yet, but he is my inspiration

    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.

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