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Fear of Dreaming

The Selected Poems of Jim Carroll
Second Edition, 1998

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Fear of Dreaming by Jim Carroll
Fear of Dreaming
Second Edition
By: Jim Carroll
Published: 1998
Publisher: Penguin Books
Length: 273 pages
Format: paperback
Cover design: Gail Belenson
Cover painting: Paul Klee, Picture Album, 1937

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Fear of Dreaming collects all of Carroll's poems from Living at the Movies and most of The Book of Nods. While some of the poems originally published in TheBook of Nods are not included in Fear of Dreaming, one of the "New YorkCity Variations" originally left out of The Book of Nods can be found on page191 of Fear of Dreaming; this piece was originally published in Paris Review in 1985. In addition, the final section of the book, "New Work 1989-1993,"offers fifteen new poems and prose works. Among these are the short story "Curtis'sCharm" (which first appeared in Paris Review in 1993 and was adapted to film in 1996 by Canadian director John L'Ecuyer), and the poems "Fear of Dreaming," "Praying Mantis," and "To theNational Endowment for the Arts."

Fear of Dreaming does not collect the poems from Carroll's first book, OrganicTrains, and it also excludes the following from The Book of Nods:

From "California Variations"
Works from pages 91 and 93-111
(Note: Three "California Variations" are included included in the "New York City Variations" section of Fear of Dreaming; these are on pages 192-194.)

From "Poems 1973-1985"
"Wedding in White" (BN 126)
"Ghost Town" (BN 128)
"Bad Signs" (BN 130)
"Poem" (BN 132)
"Rites of Arctic Passage" (BN 135)
"Suspicions" (BN 139)
"Sophia" (BN 142)
"Borders" (BN 149)
"The Novena Tide" (BN 150)
"Letter to Sister" (BN 153)
"This Spanish Town" (BN 159)

Unique to this Edition

The second edition of Fear of Dreaming contains substative changes and corrections to "Curtis's Charm." In the first edition, an overzealous editor changed the term psycho-noetic to psycho-poetic (p. 253); this has been corrected in the second edition. In the second edition, Carroll has also deleted the last sentence of the paragraph at the top of page 254: "If I did have a staff, however, I would neither break nor bury it, and as for the Magus books, I had no intention of drowning them."

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