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Fear of Dreaming: The Selected Poems (Penguin Poets) (edition 1993)

by Jim Carroll (Author)

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Carroll, a diarist and rock performer, is best known for his coming-of-age memoir The Basketball Diaries, which became an instant classic when it was first published in 1978 and then a national bestseller when a film version of the book was released in 1995. Carroll initially made his reputation as a poet, and has won acclaim and comparisons to everyone from Rimbaud to Frank O'Hara for his delicate yet hallucinatory imagery. This volume of poetry collects selections from Jim Carroll's Living at the Movies, which was published in 1973 when he was twenty-two, and The Book of Nods, released in 1986. Fear of Dreaming also includes pieces previously unpublished in book form, including "Curtis's Charm," a vignette set in New York City's Central Park about a man convinced he is a victim of black magic, and poetic tributes to Robert Mapplethorpe and Ted Berrigan. "His poems' urgent, obsessive metaphors pose tensely against their cool, streetwise surface voice, charging them with an electricity that's at once disturbing, sexual, religious, and psychological."--Tom Clark, San Francisco Chronicle Book Review… (more)
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Yes, it is a difficult reading. I bet it is not because our mind is too narrow to comprehend it. It's because there is little meaning behind these words.
I'm not sure how some people think that could possibly be a sign of great depths...
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  Faltiska | Apr 30, 2022 |
Yes, it is a difficult reading. I bet it is not because our mind is too narrow to comprehend it. It's because there is little meaning behind these words.
I'm not sure how some people think that could possibly be a sign of great depths...
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  Alfred.Faltiska | Aug 2, 2016 |
I saw Jim Carroll give a reading at a local college in the 90s. He was mesmerizing. This is a selection of his poems from the early seventies through the eighties. Carroll was a child prodigy and his first mainstream collection, Living at the Movies which is collected in full here, was highly acclaimed. His poems mix images of beauty and ugliness, innocence and blemish. Many have an abstract expressionist quality, but Carroll is also a praised diarist and creates beautiful and strange scenes in selections from his Book of Nods. This is one of my favorite poetry collections. ( )
  wilsonknut | Jun 18, 2008 |
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Carroll, a diarist and rock performer, is best known for his coming-of-age memoir The Basketball Diaries, which became an instant classic when it was first published in 1978 and then a national bestseller when a film version of the book was released in 1995. Carroll initially made his reputation as a poet, and has won acclaim and comparisons to everyone from Rimbaud to Frank O'Hara for his delicate yet hallucinatory imagery. This volume of poetry collects selections from Jim Carroll's Living at the Movies, which was published in 1973 when he was twenty-two, and The Book of Nods, released in 1986. Fear of Dreaming also includes pieces previously unpublished in book form, including "Curtis's Charm," a vignette set in New York City's Central Park about a man convinced he is a victim of black magic, and poetic tributes to Robert Mapplethorpe and Ted Berrigan. "His poems' urgent, obsessive metaphors pose tensely against their cool, streetwise surface voice, charging them with an electricity that's at once disturbing, sexual, religious, and psychological."--Tom Clark, San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

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