Jim Carroll (gone @ 60)

Jim carroll

Poet & diarist Jim Carroll died past Friday of a heart attack. An obit in the New York Times gives the details of the life, & a lovely piece by Tom Clark on his website, here, cites Carroll on writing. Though I enjoyed the two volumes of “diaries,” I prefer the poems in Living at the Movies, & here’s one of them to counteract the sadness of one more calling it splitsville:

JET FIZZLE

It was summer then

and the forests were legal

the farmers there

use marble eggs as decoys

when those Hawks dive

they reach speeds of up to 200 m.p.h.

disappointed

at egg

a switchman

a red lantern

in Grand central Station

a jar of honey

in a plain brown bag

I thought

that it was pretty

Weird

when he poured it in

God the fathers beard

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Pierre Joris

Pierre Joris is a poet, translator, essayist & anthologist who has published more than 50 books, most recently, Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (poems) from Chax Press and The University of California Book of North African Literature (volume 4 in the Poems for the Millennium series), coedited with Habib Tengour. Exile is My Trade: A Habib Tengour Reader edited & translated by Joris, and Pierre Joris: Cartographies of the In-between, essays on Joris’ work edited by Peter Cockelbergh, came out in 2012. Forthcoming are Barzakh — Poems 2000-2012 (Black Widow Press) & Breathturn Into Timestead:The Collected Later Poems of Paul Celan (FSG).

Comment on “Jim Carroll (gone @ 60)”

  1. Thanks Pierre. Yes, I’m sure Jim would wish us to counteract the sadness. But ooh, that photo. (Made me remember why I avoid mirrors.)

    Be well, let’s hang this side of the river yet awhile…

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