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Praying Mantis

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Praying Mantis by Jim Carroll


  • Fragment: Little N.Y. Ode
  • A Day at the Races
  • Times Square's Cage
  • A Child Growing Up with the Sun
  • Tiny Tortures
  • To the National Endowment of the Arts
  • Terrorist Trousers
  • Monologue: The Loss of American Innocence
  • For Elizabeth
  • Sampling Nietzsche
  • Just Visiting
  • Praying Mantis

Except for "Little New York Ode," all of the pieces Carroll recorded for Praying Mantis were recorded from a live performance at St. Mark's Church, NYC.

Praying Mantis includes works from Living at the Movies and Forced Entries, as well as new work, some of which is now published in Fear of Dreaming.

View the title poem and image


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